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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  2. DJ_Baitey says:

    Man those VI’s from back in the day is hard. They had the 3M in them. Never again :’(

    1. Aman128ok says:

      Yea But Clearly The NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK had the best HEAT w/ the black metal 5′s and the black cment ?3′s and White Cement 4′s they take it with that combo…. they were killn the shoe game

      1. Timmy912 says:

        thy dont no more i kill the shoe game cus i got every jordan thy got n more

    2. Timmy912 says:

      the infrared 6s looked diff back then

  3. freeballer says:

    I cant believe overalls were once considered a cool trend.

    1. CJ says:

      they still are..get hip.

  4. WZA says:

    damn BSB killin em back in the day

  5. shakaD says:

    cant lie. i thought they were wack as hell but damn they had kicks

  6. Soundwave787 says:

    Who in the hell is No Authority? I have never heard of them or heard anyone even making fun of them. NK, you dug deep on these guys!

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  8. Okay first of all, who knew New Kids rocked so much heat, and secondly, ABC, in the infareds and matching kits win hands down, lol!

  9. Eric Fresh says:

    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.

    1. jk says:

      yeah i’ve seen him in 5′s and 6′s too.

  10. BiG Al says:

    Metallics with real leather?? Fuck you JB, Ive poured sooo much money into j’s, where’s the love??

  11. sw2g says:

    Damn, BSB had heat!? Double-Damn! …found myself watchin them video’s too!

  12. slumdog millionaire says:

    how come the true blues dont have the full blue midsole ?

    1. Nice Kicks says:

      because the OGs didn’t – just the 2001 retros did.

  13. Rataface says:

    The Jordan 5 s are the thoughest out of all the heat these white dudes are rockin

  14. Anteezy says:

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

  15. Darth_Chocolate says:

    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.

  16. Itskazbuddy says:

    Man alot of those fits we’re so Live back then, I’d rock half that stuff today?

  17. Dglfc2006 says:

    Anything after Jordan 7′s r wack!

  18. Anonymous says:

    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..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. King says:

    Ellen Degeneres played for nsync? First pic on page 2 is hilarious.

  20. Phdrywall says:

    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?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!