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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

64. Nike Alpha Force

Year Released: 1988

There was no Air Revolution low, so those enamored with the strap and speedlacing elements had to seek their fix with the Alpha Force, which moved the strap to the forefoot and took down the Revolution's extreme height to a more manageable 5/8ths cut. Designed for force of nature Charles Barkley, the Alpha Force tragically did away with the Visible Air window — perhaps in fear of on-court blowouts.

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