February 11th, 2016 by Zack Schlemmer
If you know sneakers, you know 1996 was one of the best years ever for basketball shoes. Some of the all-time classics from Air Jordan, Nike, and Reebok were released that year, and this fact is no more evident than when you take a look at the feet on court in the 1996 NBA All-Star game. The night of February 11, 1996 in San Antonio marks what may very well be the greatest collection of kicks in one professional game ever. Of course, the headlining sneaker of the night was the Air Jordan XI “Columbia” worn by the game’s MVP Michael Jordan, but the list only begins there. Some of Nike’s top shoes of the 1995-96 season like the Zoom Flight, Air Max Uptempo, and Air Penny were in attendance, and Reebok classics like the Shaqnosis, Kamikaze II, and the underrated Avant Guard were there to represent the second biggest brand of the time. You could also spot some interesting obscurities in the ‘96 All-Star game, with random sneakers like Glen Rice’s Warner Brothers (yeah, that Warner Brothers) signature shoes, Karl Malone’s LA Gears, and Hakeem Olajuwon’s Spaldings to mix things up nicely.
To illustrate the absurd amount of heat on court that night, we collected as many high-res photos from the game as we could, letting you decide for yourself if this was the best collection of basketball shoes ever on the court. You be the judge, but even twenty years later, it should prove hard to think of a game played in the NBA with a more impressive display of sneakers.
The game’s MVP Michael Jordan wore what most will also consider the most valuable shoe of the night, the “Columbia” Air Jordan XI.