The 25 Greatest Sneaker Years in NBA History

1. 1995-96

Significant Sneakers: Air Jordan XI, Nike Air Max Uptempo, Nike Air Way Up, Nike Shake NDESTRUKT, Reebok Kamikaze II, Nike Zoom Flight 95, Nike Air Max Uptempo, Reebok Shaqnosis, Nike Air More Uptempo, Nike Air Flight One, Nike Air Penny, FILA Grant Hill II,

How do you pick one NBA season as the best for sneakers over all others? There's so much involved, so many sneakers that are worn from one season to the next. All that considered, 1995-96 is a tough one to beat. It was right in the midst of the signature shoe golden era - Grant Hill, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, among others, were in their best - and there was still diversity to be found on the floor, though Nike was starting to get the stranglehold that they've yet to entirely relinquish. This would have been a top-five season for the Air Jordan XI alone, but all the rest push it to the top.

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