Choreographed Kicks: A History of Boy Bands in Sneaker Heat

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Choreographed Kicks: A History of Boy Bands in Sneaker Heat

Sorry kids, but in the late 80s and 1990s it wasn?t your favorite rappers hoarding up the hottest hoop kicks. Sure, guys like the Fresh Prince and Jay-Z were known to keep a pair of Airs around, but who was really laced? Yup, boy bands. OG Air Jordans, vintage Nike basketball shoes, classic adidas, you name it and they had it. This week?s Celebrity Rewind goes into overdrive as we spot everyone from New Kids on the Block to the Backstreet Boys in the likes of OG Jordan 3s and Foamposites.

Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys in the Nike Air Foamposite Pro "Pearl" & Air Jordan 13 White/Black-Red

Suits and sneakers, pre-Rosewood.

The Backstreet Boys

Brian Littrell in the Air Jordan 11 Low White/Red

Even Brian knows which AJ 11 Lows are the best.

The Backstreet Boys

Nick Carter in the Nike Air Max Super CB White/Navy & A.J. MacLean in the Air Jordan 12 "Playoff"

The only thing topping the OG “Playoffs” is the Big Country jersey.

The Backstreet Boys

Kevin Richardson in the Air Jordan 13 Low Navy/Black

Ross also wore these in Friends. Coincidence?

Video: “Quit Playing Games with My Heart”
Kicks: Air Jordan 11 IE Low Black/Red @ 0:31

The official team shoe of BSB.

Video: “As Long as You Love Me”
Kicks: Nike Air Foamposite One Dark Neon Royal/Black @ 1:33

Brian joins the elite fraternity of Penny Hardaway and Mike Bibby.

Video: “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”
Kicks: Nike Zoom Flight 98 aka The Glove White/Black-Green @ :34

GP rocked them on the cover of SLAM, Nick and AJ rocked them in a five story apartment in Japan.

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Ian Stonebrook lives in Austin, TX where he spends most of his time kicking it with friends and fam, hooping, golfing and going out.

32 Comments on "Choreographed Kicks: A History of Boy Bands in Sneaker Heat"

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  4. Eric Fresh

    Boy bands beh let’s get off their jocks and find classic kicks in more interesting places.? Back in 90 or so I had an Anthrax poster with (I think) Scott Ian prominently sporting the Jordan Black/Cement 4s.

  5. Anteezy

    Awesome kicks, I can’t believe how bad people were dressed in the ’90s. I don’t remember being dressed that bad.

  6. Darth_Chocolate

    You definitely know those are OG Air Jordan 6 Infrareds. Check the reflective material. ?Hope Nike brings that back in the next retro of this colorway.

  7. Anonymous

    I was looking at?this article on my iPhone and there was a pic of “The Boys” and they were all rockin the Black?OG Nike AJ 5’s…the leather on them then was just like the Bin 23 “Premios” that we pay so much for today…man the Nike AJ’s were so much better quality back in the day when Nike was making them with their logo on the back of the shoe…looked alot fresher too with the big NIKE A.I.R…and they only cost $100-$120 a pair (which was still alot then)..but we gettin str8 ripped off these days…but thats the “American Way” now…GET LESS and OVER PAY WAY THE HELL TOO MUCH..!!! This?year..Retro AJ’s $149..next year anything with the word “Retro” attached to it..$159…same damn shoe, less quality..in a few years anything they “Retro” will cost $200 or more easily…WTF..???!!!! Just like the Retro 5’s..as much as those friggin shoes cost now the damn clear outsoles and the mesh on the sides STILL TURNS YELLOW with age…and i refuse to beleive that with all the technology that we have today at our disposal that there is not some type?of?chemical or?process that they could?use/do?during manufacturing?of those clear outsoles and side mesh?that could/would prevent and or stop?the Yellowing…that’s str8 B.S. Jordan Brand..!!! If you’re gonna keep raising prices on your products, then you should be GOING UP EVEN HIGHER ON QUALITY..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Phdrywall

    wait what, why do the infrared’s the tall kid with the flat top on right look silver and the metallic 5’s look like leather instead of suede?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  9. dobydigital

    Like the rest, I’m pretty shocked at the BSB heat, always thought they were the lamest.? And Ian, how pumped were you to use the “Girl on TV” video as a part of your job?

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  11. Ryu583

    what are the nikes that the kid all the way on the left is wearing from NKOTB 3rd page 3rd pictured down

    red nike swoosh….. look like Cortez???? i want those

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