Although the basic concept had been introduced decades earlier, the signature basketball shoe as we know it really didn’t come into its own until the NBA’s glorious 1980s-90s era. Once Nike upped the ante with their mega-successful Air Jordan line, it didn’t take long before almost all of the league’s top stars had endorsement deals and their own shoe line with one brand or another. And while in most cases, players had a number of different personalized models over the years, there’s usually one or two for each guy that overshadow all the rest when we think back on what they wore during their careers.
For Shaquille O’Neal, there were a definite two that dominate most of our memories of his early days with Reebok – 1993′s Pump-equipped Shaq Attaq and the unforgettably ostentatious Shaqnosis from ’96. Both of those models left behind an endearing legacy that made their eventual return a no-brainer for Reebok. They finally received the long-awaited retro treatment earlier this year and re-introduced the Reebok Shaq line to the masses, but many younger sneaker enthusiasts may not realize that Shaq had a number of other Reebok models in between the Shaq Attaq and the Shaqnosis.