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No. 10 - Nike Air Flight Huarache Free

Original release: 1992
Re-release: 2011

The Flight Huaraches are one of the most comfortable basketball sneakers you will ever wear. So when Nike decided to retro them, people were excited. The synthetic inner sleeve fits like a glove and the addition of the Free sole gives you better flexibility and a more natural feel. The only knock on these is the lack of strong ankle support, but that can be fixed by taping up those ankles. And don't forget the black socks.

No. 9 - Nike Air Flight One

Original release: 1995
Re-release: 2012

The nubuck/leather upper made for a long-lasting shoe. Foamposite technology made its first appearance and aided in making the Flight One lightweight. Zoom Air is featured throughout the sole, making these comfortable as well. Plastic tabs on the side of the soles and ankles provided padding when driving to the basket. Penny Hardaway wore the Flight One before his signature line launched.

No. 8 - Nike Flight Zoom 95

Original release: 1995
Re-release: 2008

Nike's Flight Zooms feature air pockets on the side panels that resemble a bug's eye. Definitely inspired by the point guard who rocked them, Jason Kidd. He's known to have unprecedented court vision and these speak to that. Carbon fiber was also incorporated on the upper for lasting power. These are lightweight as well, perfect for a floor general that's quick on his feet.

No. 7 - Nike Air Raid

Original release: 1992
Re-release: 2003

These were specifically made for the blacktop. A favorite of street ballers across the nation, the Air Raids were built Ford tough. The cross straps on the midfoot kept you locked in during those physical games of 21 in the neighborhood park. Tim Hardaway wore these during his days as a Golden State Warrior and they complemented his game perfectly.

No. 6 - Nike Air Max2 Uptempo

Original release: 1995
Re-release: 2006

Nike originally made these for college teams in mind and were made famous by the Duke Blue Devils. Mesh/leather construction and Air Max2 cushioning in the heel allowed for comfortable everyday use. Elastic bands in the midfoot provide security along with the inner sock lining. Mavs guard Delonte West recently rocked these during the 2012 season. If they're good enough for Delonte, they're good enough for us.

No. 5 - Nike Air Force 180 Low

Original release: 1992
Re-release: 2012

Made for the likes of Charles Barkley, the Nike Air Force 180 Low are as durable as durable gets. They're lightweight, but are built for heavyweights on the low block. The strap locks the foot down and the 180-degree Air unit features 50% more cushioning than your average Nike Air sneaker. It says something when the technology of this shoe can still be appreciated twenty years later.

No. 4 - Nike Air More Uptempo

Original release: 1996
Re-release: 2012

Nike's Air More Uptempo feature a full-length Air Max unit in the sole. The "AIR" in big, bold letters stood out during a time when bigger was better. Scottie Pippen wore these in 1996 on his way to his fourth championship and second gold medal. The technology still resonates today as some of your favorite ballers have worn the retro during games. The leather/nubuck upper allow for long use and elastic bands in the midfoot give you a secure fit. They're made for players that do it all, just like Scottie.

No. 3 - Nike Air Max Uptempo

Original release: 1995
Re-release: 2011

The full-length Air Max unit make these extremely comfortable and elastic bands in the the midfoot lock you in. They were built for the all-around play of Scottie Pippen and the durable leather/nubuck upper echoes that. Its classic design made them a favorite of old school and new school ballers alike. They look bulky, but are lightweight and are built for multiple runs. 

No. 2 - Nike Air Flightposite

Original release: 1999
Re-release: 2008

The Flightposite incorporates Foamposite technology in the upper and full-length Zoom Air technology in the sole. A zipper secures the laces and its seamless design makes the shoe one with the foot. Ultimately, the shoe is a sock that's able to still provide support and security. They're lighter than Foamposites and are still worn by NBA players every once in a while.

No. 1 - Nike Foamposite One

Original release: 1997
Re-release: 2007

It's safe to say that the Nike Foamposite One changed the game. The shoe was engineered to conform to your foot and has been known to get more comfortable after each wear. They made their debut in '97 as the most expensive sneaker on the market ($180) and were endorsed by Penny Hardaway. Ballers across the globe still rock Foams on the court and sneaker fiends camp out all night for them.

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