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Throwback Thursday: Converse Aero Jam “Grandmama”

After the era of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson ended in 1992, Converse looked to their roster of NBA players and selected the young, powerful, and promising 1992 Rookie of the Year Larry Johnson for a premier signature line.The first shoe of two signatures LJ wore for Converse was the Converse Aero Jam. Thanks in large part to the advertising campaign that promoted the shoes, LJ and his shoes quickly earned the nickname “Grandmama.” LJ even took this a step further when he appeared on the family sitcom Family Matters as “Grandmama.”

The Converse Aero Jam featured the cushioning and support system REACT juice in the heel and around the back of the ankle providing just what the 6’7″ 240lbs. Power Forward needed on court.?? Besides the tech, the shoes featured some attractive details such as a fading splattered midsole, textured heel midsole, and fading colors on the removable cover.?? Featuring LJ’s jersey number on the front of the shoe as well as the Hornets colors there was no mistaking these shoes to be anything but the “Grandmama’s”.

The Converse Aero Jam was retroed before in 2003 celebrating its 10th anniversary, but this all took place before Nike acquired the suffering brand.?? The shoes returned in three colorways, but none matched any of the originals as well as no REACT juice.?? Converse, now that you are with the master of retros, please have this shoe return!

Get a better look at these kicks after the jump as well as a sz 14.5 development sample we came across in our sneaker hunts.?? I wonder who that was made for? :-)

Comments

  1. bootlegcraig says:

    damn, yall got a sample of these? They look like those shoes that light up when you walk. lol. Ugly shoe, but props to whoever owns these.

  2. JKINGOFMOCITY says:

    I remember seeing these at my local Weiner’s store back in the day for $10!!

  3. Soleman23 says:

    GOD DANG~~~
    I remember these when I was young..
    These are still fresh…
    There are no more characters like back in the days.
    Nowadays young kids only know about Nike…
    CHeck out Larry Johnson(Gramma) Converse shoe commercial.
    Still hilarious!!

  4. bootlegcraig says:

    hehe..you said weiner

  5. B LoVe says:

    i wuld LOVE for dese to come back out!!…sick…

  6. $keet$ says:

    I remember these joints from back in the day. These are still ill faded to this day. I had the black joints and if thosed were retroed, i’d be the first in line to cop!

  7. looser Kid says:

    MY FAVORITE PAIR OF KICKS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!

    I got 3 pairs on ice from the retro couple years back… these are the shoes that got me into sneakers.. (well these and the grant hill 4′s”

    BEST THROWBACK THURSDAY

  8. d2j says:

    they did re-release them like 2 years ago… and i got a pair of all blacks and white/navy these are ever so rightous

  9. street steez says:

    hardest Throwback Thursday to date. much props Nice Kicks!

  10. Jedi_23 says:

    didnt they retro these already….i thought i saw them in the eastbay….(i think)

  11. d2j says:

    yeah they did… that is what i just said in comment 8

  12. sneakFREAK says:

    Jedi_23,

    Matt already said they came back, but it was a while ago when Converse wasn’t owned by Nike. I passed on them back then because they weren’t done right. Wack colorways and no react cushioning = pass.

    Props for pulling this one out, but seriously, where in the world did you get LJ’s size?!?!?!

  13. Jason says:

    A M A Z I N G

    Converse, Nike, get together and do this thing right!

  14. swanson says:

    MAN I REMEMBER THESE JOINTS THEY BRING BACK GOOD MEMORIES! IT WAS THE SUMMER WHEN I WAS GOING TO THE 7TH GRADE AND I HAD THE FINEST GIRL IN TOWN ON MY JOCK CAUSE OF THESE KICKS DAMN THOSE WHERE THE DAYS! LARRY JOHNSON WAS THAT DUDE

  15. A. Morrison says:

    I love these. I just picked up a pair of retros from my local Dunhams for $30.00 last week.

  16. Jedi_23 says:

    COOLNESS…wish i wouldnt have passed

  17. nikeindabutt says:

    Great pair of kicks! I miss the days when players and companies were doing fun things…the marketing campaigns were so creative and the characters/slogans, etc. were all unique…the lack of interesting & likeable characters/players has really hurt the NBA.

  18. 23wins says:

    FRESH!!

  19. Stoj23 says:

    Good job Nicekicks, I had these back in the day with my Rex Chapman jersey(charlotte).

  20. BIG FRED says:

    ohhhhhhh shnap! i had the black joints when i was a junior in high school in ’93!! i wore these joints everywhere!!