20 '70s Sneakers You Need To Know

Converse Pro Leather

Year Released: 1976

Also known as the Dr. J, the Converse Pro Leather represented a huge step for the Massachusetts-based company. The Chuck Taylor's time was up, and while it would be worn in the NBA by some up through the early '80s, the Pro Leather would rapidly take its place as the go-to Converse basketball shoe. Dr. J's endorsement didn't hurt, nor did its placement on the feet of the National Champion '81-82 North Carolina Tar Heels including a freshman named Mike Jordan.

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