The 30 Most Iconic NBA All-Star Sneaker Moments of the Past 30 Years

23. The Only Players to Wear Black Shoes in the All-Star Game in the '80s are Celtics... and Michael Jordan

Year: 1980s
Sneakers: Assorted
Player(s): Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish

The Celtics wore black sneakers because it was mandated by Red Auerbach, which meant that it was treated as a commandment handed down by God himself. (Or at least original team owner Walter Brown, who got the black sneakers cheaper.) Michael Jordan wore black sneakers because he was Michael Jordan. New cool and old tradition never were so closely intertwined.

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