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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

68. Converse Fast Break

Year Released: 1984

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a period when nylon mesh on basketball shoes simply wasn't done. First there was canvas, then there was leather (and suede), but nylon was for runners. With 1984's Fastbreak, Converse pulled back the nylon curtain, designing a speedy, lightweight sneaker for equally speedy All-Star guard Isiah Thomas.

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