Sometimes, a sneaker carries signature weight without official tagging. Case in point, this weekend?s Nike Air Flight One retro. The Penny Hardaway endorsed sneakers preceded his signature line but are still referred to as ?Pennys? in the street. They?re not the only ones though as kicks worn by Kobe Bryant, Sir Charles, Scottie Pippen, and many others picked up name recognition without box branding. We look back at the best basketball kicks that should?ve been signatures and the players they are forever tied to.
Tim Duncan might not have put the ?fun? in fundamental, but he did put on for the Foamposite franchise. Prior to getting signatures from the Swoosh and later adidas, Timmy laced up the Nike Total Air Foamposite Max. The long name was shortened by consumers to the ?Duncans?, and the name has since stuck.