March Madness: The Best Sneakers Worn by Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines are up next in our March Madness sneaker retrospective. See the best kicks of the Fab Five and plenty more.

words // Zack Schlemmer

Michigan's Fab Five basically created the awareness of sneakers in NCAA basketball, at least to the average joe, when the squad famously broke out their infamous black socks with classic Nike models like the Air Flight Huarache and Air Force Max. It's hard to imagine now that wearing black socks was once a semi-controversial thing, but those along with the Fab Five's "hip-hop mentality", baggy shorts, shaved heads, and flashy style of play was not easily accepted by the conservative college basketball status quo of the early 1990's.

The Fab Five made Michigan the Nike Basketball school for years. The two went hand-in-hand. That's why it came as a bit of a shock to longtime fans in the sneaker scene when the Wolverines signed on with adidas in 2008. But no matter, Michigan still keeps winning with whatever brand of sneakers they're wearing. In fact, they look to be ready for their second straight Final Four appearance, as they wear the best of adidas Basketball.

Our March Madness retropective of the best sneaker colleges continues today with a look at all of the best shoes worn by the Michigan Wolverines throughtout the years.

Nike Air Force 1 - 1983


Terry Mills - Nike Air Revolution


Glen Rice - Nike Air Delta Force High


Rob Pelinka - Air Jordan VI - 1992


Chris Webber - Nike Air Flight Huarache - 1992


Jalen Rose - Nike Air Flight Huarache - 1992


Nike Air Force Mid and Air Flight Maestro - 1993


Jalen Rose - Nike Air Force Mid - 1993


Nike Air Force Max - 1993


Chris Webber - Nike Air Force Max - 1993


Chris Webber - Nike Air Force Max - 1993


Jalen Rose - Nike Air Force Max - 1993


Jalen Rose - Nike Air Dynamic Flight - 1993


Jimmy King - Nike Air Dynamic Flight - 1993


Nike Air Flight Maestro 2 - 1994


Ray Jackson - Nike Air Unlimited - 1994


Jimmy King - Nike Air Max Strong - 1994


Louis Bullock - Nike Air Penny - 1995


Maurice Taylor - Nike Air Max2 Uptempo - 1995


Oliver St. Jean - Nike Air Unlimited - 1995


Robert Traylor - Nike Air Up HIgh, Teammate in Air Jordan XI


Robert Traylor - Nike Air Flight Max - 1996


Willie Mitchell - Nike Air Max 2 Strong - 1996


Robbie Reid - Air Jordan Jumpman Team Pro - 1998


Dommanic Ingerson - Nike Air Signature Player - 2002


Courtney Sims - Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 - 2005


Matt Vogrich - adidas Crazy 8 - 2011


Team in adidas Crazyfast 2, Trey Burke in Crazyquick - 2013


Derrick Walton - adidas Rose 773 2 - 2014


Nik Stauskas - adidas Crazyfast 2 - 2014