Seven Deadly Sins: 7 Sneakers That Brought Out The Worst In Us
Feel lucky if you've owned these shoes and lived to tell about it
Men love to give women a hard time about their shoe fetishes, but guys are just as bad when it comes to sneakers. Sure, the ladies may tussle a little bit in the shoe aisle, but they aren't rioting and shooting people over a pair of sneakers.
Over years we've seen sneakers bring out the worst in people. Here's a list of shoes that you, your mama and your cousin too have probably acted a damn fool over.
Nike Air Jordan 1
Player: Michael Jordan
The ones that started it all. Before the Air Jordan 1, it was unheard of to see kids getting jacked for their shoes. No one was holding each other at gunpoint over a pair of Converse. But when Michael Jordan, in all of his gold chain wearing glory, hit the scene in these people just went crazy and started doing whatever they had to do get their hands (and feet) on them. The frenzy was fed by the shoes being banned by the NBA and Jordan wearing them anyway, getting fined $5,000 a game.
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These sneakers were the must have in every inner city neighborhood and were attention getters in just about every "bad school." While no basketball player at the time wore them on the court, the shoes were popularized by Bell Biv Devoe and 2Pac when they wore them in their music videos. You may have been an eye witness to seeing someone get jacked for these in the bathroom or at the basketball court depending on where you lived. The shoe would resurface in 1999 when then New York Knicks power forward Larry Johnson wore them on the court during his now legendary "4-point play" game in 1999.
Nike Air Max Sensation
Player: Chris Webber
At the time of its release, this sneaker was the most expensive shoe on the market. This was done at a time when violence over sneakers was nearing an all time high. Feeling somewhat responsible for the madness, Chris Webber asked Nike to lower the price. When they refused, he severed ties with the company. Soon after, Webber would begin wearing other sneaker brands on the court, but blacked out the logos with either magic marker or tape as a sign of protest.
Nike Air Jordan XI
Player: You Know Who
These shoes were damn near a walking death certificate. Not only were people getting robbed and shot over the shoe itself, but the red and black colorway also drew attention in Chicago and other cities for its assumed connection to the Bloods and Vice Lord street gangs. Of course, Nike made these to co-exist with the Chicago Bulls uniforms but it's hard to explain that to a guy with a pistol in your face.
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Nike "South Beach" LeBron 9
Player: LeBron James
Just like the "Decision" he made months prior, the hype surrounding the "South Beach" LeBrons was crazy. Inspired by a Miami Vice theme and 'Bron's now infamous "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" quote, these sneakers had people lining up at malls and sneaker stores in the wee hours of the morning. By sneaker frenzy standards, this was a pretty peaceful release as Nike officials were on hand at many spots to oversee the sales event themselves.
Nike Air Jordan XI "Concords"
Player: That Guy Again
These shoes originally came out in 1995 when Jordan returned from his first retirement. Back then, the hype was genuine. Fast forward 16 years later and people are still going crazy over them, even leaving small children unattended in their cars and bucking on police for them. Hey, at least the Get Money Boyz got their pair.
Nike Foamposite Galaxy
Nike Foamposite sneakers have always had some hype attached to them, but none like this release. Just like the "Concords" the "Galaxy" has caused riots and fights, causing some stores to cancel sales events in fear of violence. The original Foamposites debuted in the late 90's, worn by popular player Penny Hardaway. Hardaway stopped being good at basketball in the early 2000's and stopped playing altogether in 2007. But that hasn't stopped Nike from capitalizing on his still popular name and line of sneakers.