The 25 Most Controversial Things That Ever Happened In Sneakers

2. The Air Bakin does not speak Arabic.

Year: 1997
Sneaker: Nike Air Bakin

Nike's Air Bakin was the flagship of an outdoor-inspired group of basketball sneakers (including the Air Grill, Air Melt and the Air B-Que) in 1997 that featured "Air" lettering on the heels in a flame-like font. Unfortunately, the font also caused it to resemble the Arabic wording of "Allah," which did not go over well with Muslim groups. Retros were produced with a more traditional "Nike Air" heel logo.

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