Remember the Pump? A lot of people talk about begging their Moms for Jordans, but in a lot of areas, the Reebok Pump held as much cache as any sneaker on the market. Sneakerheads who "really lived it" may contest, but hop in a time machine to 1992 and ask any second grader what sneakers they want, and you'll get a 50/50 split.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the sneaker that had everyone pressing the air-filled basketball before sporting events, stunting in the lunch room, or just plain wasting time pretending to talk to girls. The Reebok brand is investing heavily on bringing the sneaker back with a series of new releases, and you know what? It just may work, because the sneaker has history. Hit the jump and take a walk through the Pump's best moments...

NOVEMBER 20TH, 1989: DOMINIQUE WILKINS INTRODUCESTHE REEBOK PUMP
• "Pump up and Air Out!" November 20, 1989 started the Reebok Pump reign. Not only did the shoe look unconventional, but the pump-up aspect was something that no one had ever seen before. The first series of commercials were heavy on the anti-Nike tip, with Dominique Wilkins asking "Mike" to come Pump up on primetime TV. Craze.

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1990: REEBOK COURT VICTORY IS INTRODUCED
• Shots fired! Tennis star from the early 90s, Michael Chang made it clear to Nike who he was riding with en route to becoming a top ranked tennis player. Chang's Pumps that hit over a decade ago have since been retro'ed. Who knew a tennis player could be so badass on the international stage? Dude straight up bitched Agassi.

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1990: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PRESENTS "NIKEY TURKEY"
• In this SNL parody of the sneaker, Chris Rock and Co, pumped up a turkey, as a take-off on RBK's commercials. Was this saying the pump was unnecessary and silly? We can't tell. To be honest, this sketch wasn't that funny, but hey, it was further proof of the pop-culture status of this awesome little piece of footwear.

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1991: DEE BROWN WINS SLAM DUNK CONTEST WITH THE NO LOOK
• This is where things really picked up. In the '91 dunk contest Dee Brown reached down and pumped up his Omni-Lites, the camera got a close-up, and he went on to pull one of the most famous dunks in sports history. So. Sick.

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1993: REEBOK RELEASES THE BLACKTOP MODEL
• The Blacktops were hot, but come on fams, what's with the fat guys? Is this the first "lifestyle" sneaker commercial? Haha. Welcome to the terradome!

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EARLY 90's: REEBOK PUMP'S BANNED BUNGEE JUMP COMMERCIAL
• Now this is the commercial they should have put out. PC-Dude vs Mac-Justin Long ain't got shit on this! For that matter, neither does the Red Bull Extreme Team.

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1991: THE PUMP GOES INTO "OTHER SPORTS"
• The marketing behind this was genius. How do you take the brand further? That's easy, expand your horizons! White man can't jump? No problem, he'll skate his ass off in these things.

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2001: JOHN CENA WEARING THE PUMPS
• Who doesn't like to Pump their Reeboks before they kick some ass? John Cena later got his own American Flag looking Reeboks but that's as far as we go on jokes here. Two reason's A) We're Celebrating Reebok Pumps and B) We're kinda scared of John Cena.

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'03: REEBOK SIGNS YAO MING
• The big friendly giant signed with Reebok in '03. Reebok was thinking smart. It was as if they took their two best spokesmen and mixed them into one. They got the size of Shaq and the international Asian charm of Michael Chang. There's no way Yao could fail, especially with this awesome bigger-than-life Daft Punk advert, and of course his pumps.

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'06: ALLEN IVERSON'S THE ANSWER IX FEAT PUMP TECHNOLOGY
• AI's kicks feature the Pump Auto/Off Smart Valve that allow the pump system to automatically engage or deactivate depending on performance needs-please keep it turned on when he (eventually) signs with the Knicks.

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2007-2009: PUMP COLLABOS
• The pump's collabo with ALIFE was so dope, and for the first time in years Reeboks were killin' the sneaker nerds. Not only did it open the doors for other shops and brands to come in, it placed the pump as one of the top sneakers of the decade. Oh and they're made of that tennis ball felt-y stuff! Win.

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'08: THE REEBOK PUMP X MLB
• Pump technology made its way into baseball, and we're not talking about those unreleased baseball gloves. These special editions paid homage to New York's two historic stadiums. Hey, someone's got to fuck with the Mets, right? RIP Yankee Stadium, RIP Shea. We got you.

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'08: THE REEBOK PUMP X AUDET
• The Reebok Pump x Audet gold Omni Lite was leaked online in winter of 2007, and drove the Internets nuts. Unfortunately for a while the only place that Sneakerheads could cop them was in Japan until summer of 08'. It just goes to show you how powerful a good Pump can be (pause?).

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'09: REEBOK PUMP X ORCHARD STREET
• Known for their illicit custom Nike collaborations, the dudes from downtown New York did work on the Reebok Pump, don't front. Complex cover star Kid Cudi tried, and got tasered. Keep 'em coming.

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'09: 20th ANNIVERSARY COLLABS
• For their two-decade mark, Reebok teamed up with top tier shops around the globe, check the full collection here. We want one of each, if anyone is listening.

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