Posted December 04, 2012

In Focus: Sneakers through the years

In Focus
Air Jordans, 1985 (David W. Berkwitz/SI)

Air Jordans, 1985 (David W. Berkwitz/SI)

By Andy Gray

Nike unveiled its Air Jordan XX8 in New York on Monday. In honor of this important event, here’s a look back at NBA footwear through the years.

Converse All-Star shoe worn by Bob Cousy in the early '60s. (David N. Berkwitz/SI)

Converse All-Star shoe worn by Bob Cousy in the early ’60s. (David N. Berkwitz/SI)

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The Nike Blazer, worn by George "Iceman" Gervin in 1973. (David Berkwitz/SI)

The Nike Blazer, worn by George “Iceman” Gervin in 1973. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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The Nike Air Force II, worn by Moses Malone in 1983. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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Asics Tiger Raider Hi, 1984 (David Berkwitz/SI)

Asics Tiger Raider Hi, 1984 (David Berkwitz/SI)

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Nike canvas sneaker, 1985. (David Berkwitz/SI)

Converse canvas sneaker, 1985. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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Magic Johnson's Converse Weapon, worn in 1986. (David Berkwitz/SI)

Magic Johnson’s Converse Weapon, worn in 1986. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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Pumas worn by Alex English in 1986. (David Berkwitz/SI)

Pumas worn by Alex English in 1986. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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Etonic worn by Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. (David Berkwitz/SI)

Etonic worn by Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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LA Gear worn by Karl Malone in 1988. (David Berkwitz/SI)

L.A. Gear worn by Karl Malone in 1988. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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New Balance worn by Rony Seikaly in 1990. (David Berkwitz/SI)

New Balance worn by Rony Seikaly in 1990. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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The Reebok Pumps worn by Dominique Wilkins in 1992. (David Berkwitz/SI)

The Reebok Pumps worn by Dominique Wilkins in 1992. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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Nike Air Max 360 worn by Amar'e Stoudemire in 2005. (David Berkwitz/SI)

Nike Air Max 360 worn by Amar’e Stoudemire in 2005. (David Berkwitz/SI)

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