Was the 1996 NBA All-Star Game the Best Collection of Sneakers On Court Ever?

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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.

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26 comments
trentbg
trentbg

Still have that game recorded on VHS. 

hookedonjs
hookedonjs

@SneakerNews loved copping J's in '96. Just wish I respected em. That way I wouldn't have ran em into the ground hooping & playing football\U0001f62d

Daniel Tabram
Daniel Tabram

Some all time classics here! Gage Baker Ricky Curtis Daniel Carpenter Dave Cameron

Kevin Kwan
Kevin Kwan

Stanley Laqui the air jordan 11 legend blues columbia!!!!!

HondaSI
HondaSI

Wow, great post SN! Can't believe it was 20 years ago. Some of those shoes are very fresh even now.

Jichael Mordan
Jichael Mordan

I was 9 when the all star game was here in san Antonio. Amazing experience!

hrbomber1113
hrbomber1113

Am I the only one who remembers the shoes as the Nike Air Max Tempos and they changed them to the Uptempos when they were retroed? There was never really a Nike Air Max Uptempo. They called the sequel the Uptempo 2. Am I right on this? I know there were the More and Much Uptempos and the shoes they called the Uptempo '97s when retroed. But was there really a Nike Air Max Uptempo or was it just the Tempo?

FatShawnKemp
FatShawnKemp

@hrbomber1113 It was originally Air Max Uptempo and the retros were changed to Tempo. I think the last time they released it was changed back to Uptempo again.

Rohn Wright
Rohn Wright

If I could get all those kicks in a size 8.5 that would be great

NYBaseballHater
NYBaseballHater

@SneakerNews Had 'em back in 96, ain't no sucker for love but copped a matching pair for then-wifey too. My favorite kicks of all time

Jonathan Broder
Jonathan Broder

i like the jay xi over the jay xiii but overall i must say 98! 

hustle_man504
hustle_man504

Now you know Got  Dmn well these were the best collection of all star kick to hit the court at the same time. No need to ask. 

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