Originally released in 1998 by Nike this shoe was predominantly worn by a young Tim Duncan, who at the time was signed to Nike and utilized the full length max air technology. Foamposite was also implemented on the upper to enhance durability in addition to the fact that it was a new technology and Nike was really trying to market the use of foamposite in it’s shoes during the late 90’s.This model has not seen the retro treatment in any form since 2012 even though several other shoes by Nike/Jordan have re-released in the same time frame. Surprisingly this model does not have much demand for a retro even though when they did release they sold out within minutes online.The reason may be that younger sneakerheads may not be aware of this shoe and its history not only to the sneaker community but to the performance basketball world. Not being around to experience the technological gains in the late 90’s and early 2000’s it could be easy for someone below the age of 20 to take the technology for granted and ignore the influence this model and similar models had on current Nike basketball and sportswear design .It would also be beneficial to retro at least one of the colorways,given that to many sneakerheads young and old, Nike’s overuse of foamposites with crazy colorways and has,”Killed the foamposite”. Hopefully we can see a return of this model to reinvigorate the current retro sneaker market from things other than sub-par quality retros releasing weekly, and also bring back some credibility to shoes made with foamposite material because of its impact on design and technology far ahead of its time.
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