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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

71. Reebok The Pump

Year Released: 1989

For many, mere mention of the Pump conjures memories of Dee Brown playfully giving his sponsor air time while souring to Dunk Contest victory. The moment would not have been possible without The Pump, which in 1989 established a high-water mark for technical basketball footwear. In original conception, the release valve featured on the heel rather than on the tongue, giving it a more industrial look than the more famous later models in the Pump range. Still, this was the originator, and the one that gave Reebok stake in the great technical race of the 1980s

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