Throwback Thursday – Nike Big Nike

The Mid 80’s were big for Nike, and I mean really BIG! That being said it would only be appropriate to shine some light on one of the most overlooked shoes. Ironically, “Big” is this sneaker’s middle name – Nike Big Nike.

The Nike Big Nike was first introduced to the public alongside the Nike Dunk in 1985 for the 1985-86 basketball season. While the Dunks were part of the memorable “Be True” advertising campaign, the Nike Big Nike was endorsed by the NBA’s biggest player. By biggest, we mean literally. Standing at 7’7″, rookie Manute Bol stepped foot into the league wearing the Nike Big Nike.

What Manute accomplished in the Big Nike is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. The towering rookie lead the league and set a record for the most blocks by a rookie with 397 blocks! His height and limb length made him more of a specialized player than anything since his 220lbs body was thrown around by the league’s big men in the paint. He is the only NBA player to block more shots than he has made and still holds the record for most blocks per minute in NBA history.

The shoe is quite similar to the Dunk in the silhouette, but has a more aggressive look. The shoe has sharper lines and corners at the toe box, side panel, and read of the shoe. The big “NIKE” on the back let’s everyone know what brand of shoes you are wearing in case they missed the swoosh. Take a look after the jump and if you wouldn’t mind seeing these return, leave a note. Let’s be honest, shouldn’t the Dunk get a little bit of a break?

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Nike Big Nike – Throwback Thursday

Manute Bol wearing Nike Big Nike (photo from Boston Globe)

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