They were five black men fresh out of high school. No one thought they would win. In 1992, they had shocked the college basketball world and brought the streets to the courts. Some thought their brash style of play and style would damage the game. Retail stores soon learned that damaged or not, their look was now a marketing juggernaut, and we see the impact on court style today. No one wears tight shorts to ball, and the Air Flight Huarache, which is slated to make an updated comeback for Nike later in the month, has appeared in variations on the hardwood ever since.
Original 1992 deadstock Nike Air Flight Huarache from Dan Hwang’s collection.