Does a signature shoe need hardwood highlights to sell out in stores? With the recent success of the “Kilroy” Pack, we take a look back at some of the best basketball sneakers not played in by their intended endorsers.
Air Jordan 9
Designed For: Michael Jordan
Reason They Didn’t Wear: Retirement
By many accounts, Michael Jordan was eight for eight on signature shoes before he hung up his sneakers in 1993. Rather than let the Air Jordan 9 go to waste, the model was still released and worn by some of the league’s brightest young stars. MJ also wore a cleated version during his baseball sabbatical.