April 5, 2011 BY Aaron Kr.
We’re officially through the halfway point of our 10 part excursion inside The ShoeZeum, and believe us, there’s plenty more to see. Part 6 takes a look at the sprawling Nike Basketball racks that showcase some of the best in b-ball kicks from the 1970’s right up to the present. The lasting word that comes to mind when describing The ShoeZeum would have to be thorough, but that said, there are some holes in the history aspect considering the massively overwhelming scope of Nike Basketball releases over the years. Although you won’t see almost every shoe imaginable in the respective genre like you witnessed with the Air Jordans or SB Dunks, every era and important Nike technological innovation is represented.
Starting from the beginnings of Nike Baketball, a wide selection of Bruins and Blazers kicks off the 70’s with everything from OG’s to some notable newer Nike and Nike SB releases. Both upstairs and within the neverending basketball racks, another undisputed classic from Nike’s early days, the timeless Air Force 1 is well-repped as well with a ton of both high and low colorways from various years and a full spread of 25th anniversary releases. In addition to the AF1’s, the second floor also houses a selection of b-ball classics from 1975-1989 with another few racks focusing just on Vandals.
Moving into the next decade, the short-lived but fondly remembered Nike pump venture is displayed between the Force and Flight racks and flaunts a jaw-dropping roster of multiple Air Pressures, Command Forces and Pump 180s. From there, it’s over to Force and Flight where we really get into the 90s and the heart of The ShoeZeum’s basketball nostalgia. With a ton of both OG and Retro releases, the nineties are pretty comprehensively covered with a nice focus on signature shoes from Barkley, Penny, Pippen and several others, a wide array of Foamposite incarnations and even a nice display of early Shox.
The 2000s are down toward the other end with standouts like a variety of BB 360s and some scattered LeBron and Kobe kicks that take it to present day with some South Beach LeBron 8’s and Grinch Kobe VI’s to cover the entire history span right up to an open ended future. Continue on after the jump for a few videos that will further introduce you to the b-ball sections and then head over to Sneaker News HD for the full gallery of the Nike Basketball portion of our inside look at The ShoeZeum.