adidas EQT Elevation 

Year: 1997 

Player: Kobe Bryant

Since KB has switched brands, unless these make a comeback, we might not ever see one of The Three Stripes' best sneakers on the floor again. This is the shoe we remember Kobe in most as a rookie, pre-'fro and pre-titles, winning the Slam Dunk Contest in Cleveland and generally being a kid (as much of a kid as Kobe ever let himself be, anyway). The purple Dunk Contest PEs are in desperate need or a re-release. You listening, adidas?