Take A Trip Down Memory Lane With 10 Of The Most Iconic Basketball Sneakers Of The 90’s

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Back in the 90s, kicks were currency. If you were like me, back then you were a pimple-faced middle schooler who was still trying to figure out what he was all about. Basketball shoes helped mold my image before my personality arrived. Today, I am 30 years old, and I don’t know if I’ve experienced a more all-encompassing joy than showing up to basketball tryouts with squeaky new stompers. So fresh. So clean. So pure.

I can remember showing up to tryouts and the first thing I did was scope my competition, evaluate their shoe choice, and then dominate them. As I like to tell myself.

It’s been a while since I revisited the sneakers of my adolescence, so I decided to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane and check back on the 10 most iconic basketball kicks of the 90s. The 90s were a golden age for basketball shoes, so I undoubtedly missed some, so bare with me.

Reebok Kamikaze II

The Reebok Kamikaze, Shawn Kemp’s signature line, was launched in 1995. The Kamikaze II was Kemp’s most popular signature shoe, making its debut in 1996. Kemp rocked these kicks during his best season in the NBA (’95-’96), when he averaged a double double, starting in the All-Star game, and leading his Supersonic team to its first NBA Finals  appearance.

Reebok Answer I

After a mind-bogglingly good ’96-’97 season in which Iverson won the Rookie of the Year award, Reebok followed up his rookie shoe, the Question, with the Answer DMX 10. The shoe set itself apart with its hidden lacing system, Series 2000 midsole and visible DMX cushioning setup.


Nike Air Foamposite One

Penny Hardaway’s Nike Foamposite One first dropped in 1997 and debuted for a hefty $180, due to an innovative futuristic design that designers and manufacturers originally said could not be done. The shoe, designed to look like a beetle, was originally designed for Scottie Pippen, but during a session where Hardaway didn’t like any of the designs presented to him, he spotted the Foamposite in designer Eric Avar’s bag. The rest was history.

And 1 Marbury 1

In June 1996, 19-year-old Stephon Marbury made the decision to sign with And 1, a three-year old apparel company that had no history with NBA players. They hadn’t even produced a single shoe. Thanks to the Marbury 1’s, by 2002, AND1 had gone on to sign dozens of NBA players.

Nike Air Garnett III