Year: 1965

The shelltoe was a curious solution to a common problem - crushed toeboxes and the impact of drag. Further proof that basketball is a contact sport. But the rubber toe (which turned the Pro Model into something of a Chuck Taylor on steroids) also became notable as a stylistic element, later copied by companies from Phat Farm to Vision Street Wear. More importantly, however, was that the Pro Model, introduced in 1965, was the first leather basketball shoe of note. Farewell, Chuck.