It’s easy to think that in the ‘Golden Era’ of mid-90s hoops that Nike was running it all, but truth be told it was golden because a lot of brands were making noise. One brand that was louder than any was AND1. The streetball savvy shirt company officially became a player in shoe biz in 1996 when the released the first signature for their first endorsee, the And 1 Stephon Marbury Mid.
Retailing at $79.99, the model featured the instantly iconic AND1 figure and also the super slept on Marbury logo (you may recall Steph rocking this logo in the form of an iced-out chain on the “Showbiz & KG” SLAM cover). The shoe launched in 1996 during Steph’s rookie season in both home and away colors, available at a range of retailers from Eastbay to JCPenny.
Since then, the shoe has been the subject of eBay searches for fanatics but forgotten by most. That is until now. A recent upload from Ben Berry and The Hoop Doctors Kicks sees retro samples of the AND1 Marbury in both original colorways. According to Brandon Edler of Finish Line, the model will drop in 2015 and we’ll also see the return of the OG shorts. Peep a preview in the previously mentioned photo below and let us know if you’re looking forward to these.