Signature Showdown: Best/Worst Sneaker Sequels Part I (Wingmen)

Apr 26, 2011 | George Kiel III |

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Oftentimes, the sequels to our favorite movies do not not cut it (American Pie, Home Alone, Matrix). Does the same apply to signature kicks? Over the years, we have been enamored with some of the first signature shoes the brands have created for players; however, the second signature in the line is either a drastic fail or sometimes better than the first. Today, we take a look at 12 signature lines that started off great and plummeted by the second shoe or vice versa. This time, we’re letting you make the decision. Check out the primary and secondary signature shoes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and others in our Signature Showdown: Best/Worst Sequels Part I (Wingmen). Was the FILA The Hill better than the FILA Grant Hill II? Did the Nike Air Pippen I garner your attention more than the Nike Air Pippen II? Let us know in the voting polls below each page.

**Note**: Today’ Part I ONLY consists of the shooting guard/small forward signature lines.

LeBron James

Nike Zoom Generation

Worn: 2003-04
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Accomplishments: Recorded 25 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals in his first game, won 2004 Rookie of the Year

Nike Zoom LeBron II

Worn: 2004-05
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Accomplishments: Selected to his first NBA All-Star Game, youngest player in league history to record a triple-double and make the All-NBA Team

It’s kind of hard to compare LeBron James’ first signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Generation, with any sneaker in his line (unless you bring the latest creations into the picture). Designed by Tinker Hatfield, Eric Avar and Aaron Cooper, the Zoom Generations is still considered one of LeBron’s best signature models. However, the Nike Zoom LeBron II is also one of the better LeBrons ever created thanks to the double stacked Zoom Air unit and laser-etched drawings on the upper.

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