50 Moments That Changed Sneaker Culture Forever

Dr. J Wins the ABA Slam Dunk Contest

Date: 1/27/1976

Julius Erving had already been wearing Converse - the red Chuck Taylors he wore as a member of the Virginia Squires should have started a movement of their own (and maybe they did). But nothing makes for iconic imagery like a slam dunk contest, and with his boundless hops and monster Afro, no one made for more iconic imagery than Dr. J. Converse should have owned the world before Michael Jordan even got to high school.

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