Signature sneakers used to be a rare breed. For example, Dr. J and Kareem Abdul Jabbar had their own Converse and adidas, respectively, but the name on your own shoe’s club (shout out to Walt Frazier’s Puma “Clyde,” too) was pretty exclusive. But then Michael Jordan and his Air Jordan line made Nike a ridiculous amount of money, and other sneaker brands wanted in.
The 90’s saw a plethora of signature basketball sneakers. Some of them were fresh, destined for retro rehashes that sell out hours, or less, after their release. However, there have been, and continue to be, signature kicks that look like the equivalent of 30 miles of bad road. Nostalgia tends to make sneakerheads gloss over or completely neglect the fact that some of these kicks were visual diarrhea.
That said, let’s take a look at the 10 Ugliest Signature Basketball Sneakers. The scary part, some of these shoes have even been retro’d. The horror.
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