The 10 Ugliest Athlete Sneakers of All-Time
One of the coolest perks of being a pro athlete is having the opportunity to endorse your own shoes.
Unfortunately, some signature sneaker lines turn out to be a complete visual disaster. Yet, they still manage to hit the open market because they are backed by the pros.
There's been plenty of ugly kicks throughout history but in this list we'll be focusing on ugly athlete endorsed shoes.
Did you buy any of these shoes because your favorite athlete put his name on it?
Here are 10 of the ugliest athlete sneakers of all time...
10. Nike Air DT 96
Are those supposed to be flames on the shoes?
No, it must be a red cow print. Oh wait, maybe it's a tiger stripe pattern.
Whatever it is, it's not very pretty.
These Deion Sanders cross-trainers were actually popular in '96. And Nike has even recently re-released the shoes.
I guess there is a big market for shoes with animal stripes.
9. Nike Air Foamposite One
The Nike Air Foamposite One was part of Penny Hardaway's collection.
His line of shoes got off to a rough start with this first installment.
The foam that surrounds the entire shoe may be futuristic technology but it's just plain ugly.
8. Reebok Big Hurt
The Big Hurt from Reebok looks more like it was inspired by a zebra instead of baseball slugger Frank Thomas.
It is not know if umpires actually banned these shoes from the batters box for distracting the pitcher.
7. Dada Sprewell Spinnahs
The Dada Latrell Sprewell Spinnahs come equipped with actual spinning rims.
In an effort to convince people that buying four sets of spinning rims for their cars would be a lot more expensive than buying a pair of shoes with spinning rims — the Spinnahs were born.
Ya, that sounds like a great way to sell shoes...
Here is a photo of a 2010 re-release of the spinners. Yes, they are actually bringing these shoes back after first coming out in 2004.
6. LA Gear Karl Malone's
Karl Malone became the original spokesperson for the LA Gear company in the early 90's.
His time with that company didn't last very long.
Malone was actually prohibited from wearing the shoes during NBA games because the lights from the sneakers were considered to be distracting to other players.
There's just something wrong with a grown man wearing shoes that light up when you walk.
LA Gear eventually filed for bankruptcy.
5. Reebok Shaq Steel
The Reebok Shaq Steel shoes rank as the ugliest shoes from Shaq's personal line and definitely one of the ugliest shoes overall.
This particular pair has at least five different colors, from bright taxi cab yellow to ugly olive green.
It actually looks like it could be a part of the Ninja Turtle family instead of a shoe collection.
4. Nike Air Sharkley
What do you get when you when you cross Charles Barkley with Dennis Rodman?
One ugly basketball player that can rebound!
The result is the same when you combine their two shoes. The Nike Air Sharkley is a hybrid of the two—Charles Barkley's "CB 94" and Dennis Rodman's “Air Shake Ndestrukt.”
That's one ugly shoe.
3. Reebok Zig Tech
After falling behind in the shoe business, Reebok is now trying to make a comeback.
Their new Zig Tech technology which is being billed as an energy drink for your feet could possibly boost their sales just like their Reebok Pumps in the early 90s.
It's certainly not that pleasant to look at, those are some ugly looking soles.
NFL player Chad Ochocinco and NHL superstar Sidney Crosby have already endorsed the shoe.
2. Adidas Kobe II
The Adidas Kobe II's are a far cry from Kobe Bryant's current line of low top ankle-breaking shoes.
These things look more like space boots than basketball shoes. They even look heavy.
No wonder Kobe dropped Adidas for Nike.
1. Air Jordan XV
Modeled after an X-15, a fighter jet — these shoes simply don't resemble anything sleek or jet-like.
The tongue sticking out of the shoe was supposedly also aimed to copy Jordan's on-court habit of extending his tongue.
Everything about this shoe just points to ugly.