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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Bakin’ (1997)

September 28th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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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!

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Maestro 2 (1994)

September 27th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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We’re the Raging Bull V the first tonal-red sneaker made for a Chicago Bulls legend? Think again. Kudos to you if you remember these ’94 Classics, but if not, we’re here to refresh your memory; the Nike Air Maestro 2 was a middle-of-the-pack Nike Basketball model worn by a number of energetic Shooting Guards/Small Forwards of the mid-90′s – notably three-time Champion Scottie Pippen who suddenly had a world of expectations poured on his shoulders. In his first solo act, Scottie earned an All-Star nod in ’94 and arrived wearing one of the most daring colorways ever done by Nike Basketball – this True Red/White-Black colorway of the Nike Air Maestro. The Air Maestro 2 ‘All-Star’ was re-released in 2004 among a slew of other Maestro colorways (which actually sat on shelves at heavily discounted prices) and returned in the new Maestro Flight rebuild in 2012. More of tonight’s Classics Revisited below, so take a look and let us know where this ranks among all the 90′s BBall classics we’ve covered over the week!

Nike Air Maestro 2
True Red/White-Black

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Ballistic Force (1992)

September 26th, 2012 by | No comments

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Much ado was made about the original collection of Nike Footwear worn by members of the Team USA and the  ‘Dream Tea’m, but one model in particular didn’t get as much shine as it truly deserves. As part of the legendary ’92 Dream Team in Barcelona, NBA Center David Robinson played an integral role on Defense, providing unprecedented athleticism at the Center position. During those games, Robinson wore the Nike Air Ballistic Force High – a super-high cut banger that utilized the mid-foot strap a-la the Air Force 180 and opted for snazzy color-blocking similar to a saddle shoe. Not all credit goes to The Admiral; John Stockton also wore the Air Ballistic Force during the ’92 Games as well. The Air Ballistic Force came in two heights – the strapped High (seen above), and a Mid version that featured a shorter ankle and no strap whatsoever. Relive this under-appreciated ’92 Dream Team icon below and stay tuned for more of Classics Revisited this week!

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Shake NDestrukt (1996)

September 25th, 2012 by | 3 comments

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Nike Basketball recently celebrated ‘weird kids everywhere’ with the unique release of hte Nike Air Foamposite One ‘ParaNorman’, but that wasn’t the first time Nike recognized the quirky and eccentric. In fact, ‘Weird Wins’ can be recalled to the mid-1990′s when Dennis Rodman, a sturdy power forward with above-average scoring ability transformed himself into a rebounding factory with the strangest hairdo in NBA history. Rodman’s on-court appearance was just an iota of his true spiral into the bizarre, appearing in public in complete drag and adopting the nickname of ‘The Worm’ among other things. In 1996, Nike presented the dominant rebounding and defensive force with his own signature shoe – the Nike Air Shake NDestrukt; the design is without question one of the most distinct in Nike history, adopting the side-lacing system with a magnificent Swoosh shrouding the in-step above a ribbed upper. The Air Shake Ndestrukt actually Retroed in 2001 and was reborn in 2012 again as the Air Max Shake Evolve, which utilized full-length Max Air below a slightly altered upper. Certainly a standout among the sea of 90′s Basketball designs, so check out more of tonight’s Classics Revisited and let us know what you think of this design!

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Unlimited (1994)

September 24th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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Flywire, Hyperfuse, reflective materials, TPU shells, Zoom Air, high-cut tongues – these design features make up the current lay of the land for Nike Basketball. What if we were to rewind to an earlier era – say, ’93-’94? That year of Nike Basketball can be broken down in a similar manner – neoprene booties, velcro-lock straps, the exposed plate on the outsole, and so forth. The Air Unlimited, with the flagship White/Black-Deep Emerald colorway, is the perfect summary of Nike in 1994, and with it comes some unique history and features that not many shoes can boast. First off, the Air Unlimited as a seemingly ‘unlimited’ amount of straps, arriving with four lockdown mechanisms in total (a step-by-step manual of how to strap down came with the shoes). The Air Unlimited was also known to be on the feet of David Robinson, particularly during his 71-point outburst against the Los Angeles Clippers that gave him the Scoring Title by the slimmest of margins over Shaq. Not to mention, the Admiral completed the super-rare Quadruple-Double earlier that season as well. The Air Unlimited is a shoe that will likely go un-Retroed – for now; the decision to bring back the Air Carnivore was met was much fanfare, but the shoes eventually ended up on Nike’s own clearance racks for as low as $30. We wish for a return in any OG, Free, Fuse, or 360 form, because the beauty of the shoe is purely unlimited. More of the first Classics Revisited feature on 1990′s Nike B-ball classics is just below.

Nike Air Unlimited
White/Black-Deep Emerald

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