The word “underrated” gets thrown around a little bit and I’m not comfortable putting the “of all time” tag in there. There are literally dozens of good basketball shoes that I don’t even know about but I’m going to stick with shoes that I feel does not get the recognition it deserves.
Let’s start with something modern and for that, I got you the Under Armour HOVR Havoc Low. This may not have gotten recognition probably on a number factors, namely, it’s a low-top, looks a little weird, and it’s from UA.
Performance-wise, however, you are truly missing out on something above average in a pretty low price. Its traction pattern is one of the best (no wiping even on dirty courts), has ample cushion, and made from durable materials. In a lot of ways, it’s even better than the Curry 6 at the fraction of a price.
If a sneaker is good enough to be worn by a cultural icon like Tupac, man we better pay attention. That’s exactly what happened here with the Grant Hill Fila 2 released back in 96.
As far as its performance are concerned, it’s a capable basketball sneaker that has decent traction, above-average cushioning, and some cool leather and suede material. Now, the leather/suede can be a double-edged sword but if you’re playing in an indoor court, dirt won’t be a problem.
From these two reasons alone, this pair should be up there in anybody’s list, whether you’re thinking 90s sneakers and even all time.
3.) Zoom GP I
One way of knowing if an old shoe performs if it’s got a retro release. It makes sense, right? Nobody would be selling something that falls short and at that price (the retro is at $160) if it’s not an awesome sneaker.
And that’s exactly what the Zoom GP I is that’s why Nike actually bothered to release a retro back in 2019. Its traction, materials, and fit are top-of-the-line. They used to make shoes like this every single time back then and I wish they still do.
I mean, if a shoe was designed to withstand the impact of Charles Barkley’s movements on the basketball court, I don’t why it’s not often mentioned as one of the better shoes of the 90s. This thing is an icon and deserves to be treated as such.
I like the fact that Nike paid homage to probably the best women’s basketball player of all time in Sheryll Swoopes but I did hope they retroed the original Air Zoom Swoopes and not the 2s. For me, it has a better look and it’s the first ever women’s basketball signature shoe!
That said, I’m not going to complain about it. The 2s were also nice and they gave it a modern twist that it looked kinda like the Air Jordan 34 which is even nicer.
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