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.