You would think that, seven years after the introduction of the Air Jordan — an action that damn near saved the company — Nike would have released a whole gang of signature shoes. Well, you'd be wrong. Along with the Air Jordan, the top-of-the-line Nike sneakers were simply Force and Flight models, endorsed by a whole slew of All-Stars. It took Reebok's signing Shaquille O'Neal for Nike to eventually roll out signature product for Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and one of Shaq's teammates who went by Penny.
Nike Wasn't Sold on the Signature Basketball Sneaker