25 years ago, a brand that started by selling sharp, witty basketball-themed t-shirts out of the back of a car was founded. That brand then grew to become a powerhouse in the world of basketball, shaking the market by focusing on the streets and the heart of the urban game — plus taking an approach that was much more direct than its competitors. That brand then grew at an exponential rate, sponsoring a worldwide “Mixtape Tour,” releasing memorable commercials, and even creating a special pair of two-toned shoes that were worn by Vince Carter during the legendary 2001 All-Star Dunk Contest. That brand was AND1, those shoes were the Tai Chi — and now they’re re-launching this year at ComplexCon, with a little help from Kevin Garnett, who has returned to the brand for the first time since 2003.
Returning in both the recognizable yin and yang red/white colorway — that lives up to its nickname with a white pebbled leather lateral side and bold red suede medial side — and a new “Mixtape” colorway with a colorful all-over print featuring retro streetball-themed details, the kicks are a special look back at AND 1’s past. The brand is investing in the future as well: their “Paint The Park” tour in collaboration with Garnett and his Area 21 show is revamping inner-city basketball courts the nation over to ensure the next generation of hoopers have somewhere safe to hone their craft, just like like KG did as a youth in Chicago. Get a look at both of the special kicks below, and expect a release November 3rd exclusively at ComplexCon.
AND 1 Tai Chi
Release Date: November 3, 2018 (ComplexCon exclusives)