Classics Revisited: Nike Air Bakin’ (1997)

September 28, 2012 BY / 3

RATE THIS
4.63 / 5 (4 VOTES)
RATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THISRATE THIS 
Loading...Loading...

NIKE BASKETBALL 1990’s WEEK

Finishing off this week’s focus on some of most unforgettable 1990’s Nike Basketball Classics is perhaps one of the most controversial sneakers of all-time – the Nike Air Bakin’. Falling in one of the best years of Nike Hoops of that decade (1997, which spawned the Air Foamposite One, Zoom Flight Five, and the Air Jordan XII), the Air Bakin’ was a visual standout with the uniquely place waves that adorned the upper and the funky Black/Red/Yellow colorway (there was also a lesser-known Black/Royal version). The shoe was popular among speedy guards – particularly Tim Hardaway, who was known for one of the quickest first-steps in NBA history – but the Bakin’ has a place in sneakerhead history for a whole different reason.

What makes the Nike Air Bakin’ such a sizzling story is the controversy that arose from the fiery logo on the heel; it was the word ‘Air’ designed in a fiery motif, but backlash from the Muslim community for its slight resemblance to ‘Allah’ in Arabic text forced Nike to recall the shoes and re-release with a basic Nike Air logo. Not only was this a high-performer, but also a scintillating story that is still recalled today. More of the Bakin’ after the jump, so take a look and let us know if you think there’s any real controversy behind the Air logo, and stay tuned to next week’s new batch of Classics Revisited!

Nike Air Bakin’
1997


 eBay Marketplace Logo "Self-lacing Nike Hyperadapt" "Nike Air Bakin"
view all 212 items on ebay
disclaimer

Loading...

Filed under: Basketball Vintage

Tags:

4 comments
Da_Real_Big_Infinite
Da_Real_Big_Infinite

I remember when t bug had these on in his Miami heat dayz wit Alonzo & Steve smith... another classic 90s sneaker. Da best decade of shoes in my opinion

RDZY
RDZY

what are the shoes in the pic where they compare the word "Allah" and the 'Air' logo

New Videos

Subscribe to the Sneaker News Youtube Channel

latest posts
Loading...
Load more posts

Get the latest News and Releases to your inbox

New Videos

Nike Hyperadapt Self-Lacing Wear Test by SneakerNews

Classics Unboxed: Nike Air Max 1 "Amsterdam" by SneakerNews

Popular Posts

682266

The Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” Is Not A Limited Release by Patrick Johnson

682279

The adidas Ultra Boost 3.0 Releases Tomorrow In 11 Different Colorways by Sneaker News

682336

LeBron James Spotted In The Nike LeBron 14 At Practice by Sneaker News

682357

Air Jordan 1 “Rare Air” Features Nike Air On The Heel by Patrick Johnson

678245

The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 “Black/White” Releases On December 17th by Sneaker News

Top Categories

  • Select Category

Archives

Sneaker Archive

MENU