Olympic Kick Off | 2016

By David Jordan Jr

The Olympic games have fostered many acts of greatness, courage and excellence.  The coming together of the different countries of the world provides the platform for the best of the best to showcase their GOD given abilities and the fruits of the hard work for one ultimate reason; the gold medal. Every four years athletes of all sports, from all different types of backgrounds come together to compete for not only a medal but to also  become the next legendary Olympian.  As memorable as the athletes and their performances are, there is another piece of their Olympic legacy which is just as legendary as their accomplished feats; the shoes. To quote Spike Lee “It’s Gotta Be The Shoes” right? Ah yes, the shoes. Having the right equipment on your money makers can psychologically boost a supreme athlete and enable him to reach levels never reached before.

Basketball and track and field have allowed the world the first row seat to see exclusive releases and custom productions of signature shoes for world class athletes. Over the last twenty four years their have been iconic shoe releases of some of the most celebrated Olympians in history. ESHE Magazine showcases a few of the selected shoe releases; Which is your favorite Olympic shoe of all time?

uSAINbSTRIP
Usain Bolt | Puma Complete Theseus | Beijing, 2008
jOHNSONsTRIP
Michael Johnson | Nike “Gold Shoes” | Atlanta, 1996
pIPPENsTRIP
Scottie Pippen | Nike Air More Uptempo | Atlanta, 1996
pENNYsTRIP
Anfernee Hardaway | Nike Air Zoom | Atlanta, 1996
jORDANsTRIP
Michael Jordan | Nike #9s | Barcelona, 1992
sWOOPESsTRIP
Sheryl Swoopes | Air Swoopes | Atlanta, 1996

 

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