The 10 Greatest Years in Sneaker History

10. 2000

IN THE YEAR 2000... there was Shox. Vince Carter introduced Nike's new tech (whose development actually started before Air) by jumping over poor Frederic Weis in the Sydney Olympics, as Kevin Garnett looked on in the latest iteration of Foamposite. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant was getting outfitted in the Audi-designed adidas The KOBE (which happened to coincide with what would have been Adi Dassler's 100th birthday year). Skate shoes were a little on the triple-fat goose side, although Eric Koston's K3 was a sleek exception. And all the while, retros like Air Force 1s — and newly re-introduced Dunks — were hitting in all sorts of classic forms, especially overseas.

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