The love affair between sneakers and basketball has always been a steamy, passionate romance. Jordan's Air Jordans, Nike's Air Force 1's, Reebok's "The Question," and Converse's Wade's are all the stuff of legend amongst avid basketball players. Basketball shoes are similar to a girl's perfume—the right pair is simply mesmerizing.
Looks are always a plus, but we all know that any meaningful relationship also needs some substance. Same goes for shoes. Functionality of one's kicks—mainly their ability to give its user some extra hops—is a key component of any player/sneaker affair.
If you haven't guessed, this article is about basketball sneakers. Not just any sneakers, though. The line of footwear covered here is so extraordinary, it's literally groundbreaking.
Meet Ryan and Adam Goldston, the 23-year-old twins behind Athletic Propulsion Labs, a company pushing the boundaries of human flight. APL's new shoe, the Concept 1, comes equipped with a "Load 'N Launch" Technology, scientifically proven to raise an athlete's vertical leap by up to three and a half inches.
Who needs flubber when you have a pair of these?
The shoe and its implications on the sport are described in great detail in this article written by Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard. An enjoyable and thought provoking read, it even includes a video of Ballard testing out the kicks for himself.
It will be interesting to see whether or not these shoes will be embraced by the NBA front office, as these potential performance enhancers could arguably provide an unfair competitive advantage.
In the right hands (well, feet), these shoes could do more work than Kobe. With that in mind, here are 10 NBA players we'd love to see rocking a fresh pair of Concept 1's.
From the hilarious to the thought-provoking to the downright scary, these 10 players would enhance their game by leaps and bounds with this footwear. No pun intended.