25 Hilarious Shaq Brand Knockoff Sneakers
words // Brandon Richard
Shaquille O'Neal celebrates his 42nd birthday today, and while we're definitely going to be showing some love for his big day, we're going to poke a little fun at him as well. After all, he has a weekly segment dedicated to roasting foolishness on Inside the NBA. Fair is fair.
Before going any further, I have to say it's great that Shaq ditched big brand sneaker deals during his prime to head his own budget-friendly line with a focus on children. Spending hundreds of dollars on sneakers isn't a realistic option for a lot of people, and that's certainly not something that escapes us. For all of the jokes people make about Shaq brand, he's been putting affordable sneakers on feet for about 15 years now, and that's a truly remarkable feat.
With that said, when I was a kid and my parents weren't buying me the name brand stuff, the worst thing they could have done is lace me up in a direct knockoff of a popular shoe. I could live with the K-Mart Blue Light Special kicks, but not the ones that looked like an Air Jordan takedown with the off-brand logo in place of the Jumpman. That was the fastest way to getting clowned at school and I was fortunate that my parents didn't put me through that.
Not everybody is as lucky though, and Shaq's Dunkman and Platinum sneaker lines aren't making things easier. In recent years, they've upped the ante on manufacturing direct knockoffs with little to no shame. From Jordans to Foams to D-Roses, Dunkman has a version of just about any popular shoe you can think of. Don't believe us? Check out 25 of the funniest ones we found below.
*Note* In case you couldn't tell, all of the names assigned to the Shaq brand shoes were made up by yours truly.
Air Shaq I 'Bulls Patent'
Air Shaq III 'Stealth'
Air Shaq XX2
Son of Shaq
Shaq S7 Advance
Shaq Tempo x Shaq Penny I Hybrid