A History of Zip-Up Basketball Shoes

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With the recent re-release of “The Glove” and the popularity of the Air Jordan XX8, Nice Kicks takes a look back at the history of basketball kicks that relied on zip-up closure. From Dennis Rodman to Kevin Garnett, get an overview of the shoes that sported zippers on the hardwood.

Nike Air Worm Ndestrukt

image via One Sweet Pair

Released: 1996
Worn By: Dennis Rodman

Dennis the Menace had a string of pseudo signatures in his early days, but finally received a shoe of his own namesake in ’96. The Worm was just as radical as its endorser, sporting an uncanny low-top build and zip-up closure. While the shoe was certainly his own, Rodman never really zipped these up on court, rather wearing the Shake Ndestrukt.

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