NBA Rankings: Top 10 Sneakers That Have Yet to Be Re-Released
In recent years the sneaker industry has flooded the market with retro sneakers that have been more hyped up than a vintage Kwame Brown.
And yet companies still refuse to re-release quite a few fan favorites.
Here is a rundown of 10 sneakers that were not only a big hit on the hardwood, but more importantly the school yard.
Nike Air Command Force (1991)
This shoe is the true embodiment of the 90s. It's ridiculously high and features a pump module on the heel in order to get a better fit. The neon green accents on the sole complement the shoe perfectly and separates it from many of the other flat color types.
This was a David Robinson signature shoe, but it became an iconic symbol due in large part to Woody Harrelson's character Billy Hoyle in the film, White Men Can't Jump.
Nike Air MZ3 (1997)
Remember the days when Mervyn's had a few gems on their shoe racks?
This sneaker was just one of the forgotten Nikes that some people seem to disregard. The combination of Zoom Air and Air Max 2 in the heel may sound like a foreign language, but it translates to superb comfort.
It wasn't a signature shoe for one sole player. However, the Nike Air MZ3 was worn by several up-and-coming players such as Antawn Jamison in North Carolina, Marcus Camby from the Toronto Raptors, and Juwan Howard in his Washington Wizards days.
Nike Air Zoom GP (1999)
Gary Payton's most well-known sneaker is the Nike Air Zoom Flight 98, but the Air Zoom GP was a big hit in its own right. The clunky buckle on the side of the shoe was rough to strap up; although, it was a small price to pay for style purposes.
Nike knocked it out the park with this flashy neon color style, and the commercial with Evander Holyfield only added to the shoes popularity.
Nike Ultraposite (2003)
The Nike Ultraposite was a delicate shoe meant for speedy guards, and while it looked awesome on the courts, it was a bit too futuristic looking for the everyday person on the street.
Nonetheless this shoe was sure to crack the necks of people passing by. The only major downside to this shoe was that it would get scuffed up too easily.
Jordan 17 Lightning (2002)
The Air Jordan 17 has a special place in fans' hearts because it was the first signature shoe released after Michael Jordan's second return to the NBA. It also infuriated people since it had a $200 price tag just because it came with a metal briefcase and a CD.
This color was arguably the most popular and the fact that Michael Jordan wore it during the 2002 NBA All-Star Game only increased its status as one of the best sneakers never to be re-released.
Nike Air Flightposite 3 (2001)
This futuristic shoe looks years ahead of its time, but it's been over a decade since it first hit shoe stores. The “lenticular holograms” that resemble alien eyes on the sides of the shoe is what separated it from the ordinary sneakers from its time.
The fact that the Flightposite 3 hasn't been retroed by Nike hasn't stopped old NBA Stars from bringing them back on their own terms.
Allan Houston wore this very pair when he led his team, New York, to a victory in the 2012 NBA Shooting Stars Competition during the NBA's All-Star weekend.
Nike Air Up (1995)
Penny Hardaway and Scottie Pippen were known for wearing many different kinds of Nikes before they each got their respective signature shoes. And their worlds overlapped when both players wore the Nike Air Up in the mid 90s.
They each had their team's color as well as their number on the back of the shoe, but the drastic strips running down the sneaker remained true.
Even though Hardaway and Pippen were popular among the fans with these sneakers, it wasn't enough for Nike to bring this classic back.
Air Jordan Mossified (2001)
Unlike basketball sneakers it's not often that football shoes become popular with people because cleats are unwearable off-field, obviously. These turf shoes, on the other hand, were a hit right away and are just too hard to exclude from this list.
Randy Moss's signature shoe helped him excel in Minnesota's dome so it was no wonder that kids wanted a pair. Even opposing defenders couldn't help but get a pair while they went up against Moss.
Nike Air Unlimited (1994)
Another David Robinson signature shoe made the list, but this shoe wasn't quite as iconic as the Nike Air Command Force. Even though it has been forgotten by many, this was the shoe that Robinson wore during his best statistical season in the NBA.
The ankle support, straps and sloppy laces look like a mess on top. However, this shoe made Robinson a smooth operator down low. It was in this very shoe that he scored 71 points and led the league in scoring with a career high average of 29.8 points per game.
Reebok Shaqnosis (1993)
Shaquille O'Neal attached his name to a lot of crap in the 90s such as Kazaam, Shaq Fu and his 1993 debut album, Shaq Diesel.
However, these classic Reeboks will go down as one the best shoes in history. You might even remember Will Smith wearing this pair in the first Men in Black.
This wacky design is hands down his best signature shoe, and it's not even close. When you make a career wearing Payless shoes in the NBA it's hard to take your shoe game serious, but in Shaq's case all is forgotten in a dizzy haze because of the Shaqnosis.