They Came. They Saw. But couldn't quite conquer the hearts and soles of sneakerheads around the globe. Sneakerheads have always been particular about the brand of shoe they choose to wear. It's apart of what makes you a "sneakerhead". We take a look at these brands that tried to hit the sneaker world running but did not quite find the light at the end of the tunnel. For various reasons most of these sneakers did not last for more than a few seasons. For more sneaker news and views, jump on over to Soletron.
The G-Unit Sneaker
First up we bring you the infamous G-Unit sneaker that didn't quite hit the scene with the boom that Rapper 50 cent achieved. 50 Cent originally established the G-Unit clothing company in conjuction with Marc Ecko back in 2003. Marck Ecko expected a response similar to when Spike Lee teamed up with Michael Jordan to promote his Air Jordans but they didn't quite reach those heights when the sneaker released. The sneaker itself lacked any definitive design or style. Quite simple sneakerheads didn't flock to the shoe because it was way to plain. Everyone had their favorite pair of Nike Air Force 1 kicks for that occasion. You can now find these sneakers for as low as $39.99 USD on E-bay and various other retailers.
The S.Carter Sneaker
While we're on the subject of rappers let's take a look at the S.Carter series started by Hip Hop Mogul Jay Z. Now when Jay Z signed on to do this deal, no one in the industry really expected him to wear them all the time. They resembled the popular Gucci tennis shoe that he frequently wore prior to his shoe release. The excitement faded fast once they hit stores, but the originals were highly anticipated given his star power. These too can be found on E-bay and other various retailers ranging from $39.99-59.99 USD.
The Shaq Dunkman
It's almost hard to put this shoe on the list because Shaquille O'Neal's heart was in the right place when he released his "Dunkman" series to all Payless retailers. Shaq did that in major part because he knew that all kids could not afford the high-priced Jordans, Nikes and even including his own Reebok "Shaqnosis" and "Shaq Attack" series. These shoes were priced at no more than $30.00 USD and could even be found for as low as $8.99 USD. The shoe was quite popular when it first debuted but since has become pretty obsolete in the sneaker world. If there are any pairs floating around they probably retail for next to nothing and for good reason:
Now who can forget those shoes with the spinning rims! If you couldn't afford them on your car you could now at least sport them on your shoes and be just as cool right? Wrong. These shoes came and went quicker than Latrell Spreewell's erratic career. In fact Dada named these sneakers with the rims "Sprees" after Mr. Spreewell himself. Chris Webber signed on as well to endorse but still the shoes had little success due to the shiny colors and odd designs. Good look trying to find a pair of these:
The British Knights
All of our dads owned a pair but that doesn't deem this shoe a classic. British Knights first hit the US in 1986 and became quite popular among the hip hop scene in the early 90's. The shoes were recognizable by their chunky sole design, large tongue and inclusion of multiple "BK" logos on the heel, toe guard and upper. And its because of those very features that they make the list. They were too loud and too logo-y. In fact those logos were the reason behind their decline. n the early 1990s the Crips street gang wore the shoes and took the "BK" logo to indicate "Blood Killer," in reference to the rival gang. The rumors are reported to have contributed to the decline in popularity of the brand at schools and universities. Alot of schools indeed banned these shoes as a result: