Year: 2002

They looked like toasters. This is not up for debate. And the plush exterior left little room for heat (or sweat) to escape, meaning they wound up like little saunas if you wore them for more than five minutes. And the creasing? Forget it. Wear them once and their VVVVVVVVVVVNDS status was no more. Hell, even Kobe himself abandoned them, right in the middle of a Finals run, no less - his first step in a very public sneaker company divorce. Here's the thing, though. Right out of the box, the Audi-designed adidas were works of art. And they were super-comfortable on the court, ventilation issues aside. Et tu, Kobe.