Having one’s own signature shoe has become as big a part of being an NBA star as anything else. But there’s a great inequity still dividing the league. Despite all the advances made by large, muscular people in society at large, centers are still stuffed into incredibly ugly sneakers. It’s height discrimination at its worst, and it is very real.
Here’s an eyeball-burning look back at several regrettable looks that found their way into the low post.
Oh, boy. Who wouldn’t want a little hanging ball thing bouncing around when you’re running up the court? That’s just sensible design right there. A more practical innovation would have been incorporating some sort of sweat-wicking capability. No one in the history of mankind has ever shed more water during physical exertion than Ewing. Hall of Fame glands!
Noah’s a weird dude and these are weird kicks. That’s really the only positive here.
Black and white and ugly all over. These duds actually had a skeletal foot on the bottom, serving as a reminder that living fossil Duncan is still playing – and excelling – in the NBA against all odds.
I found this on eBay. What sick, deranged person would buy a used – and trashed – pair of The Dream’s numerical-heavy shoes? Full disclosure: my dad wore these when I was in high school. It may shock you to find out I wasn’t one of the popular kids.