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March Madness: The Best Sneakers Worn by Duke

words // Zack Schlemmer

When hearing the word "dynasty" in relation to college basketball, it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll think of the Duke University Blue Devils. Synonymous with winning in the sport, Duke has amassed ten NCAA championship game appearances in their history, winning the title in four of them—along with a whopping fifteen Final Four appearances. In other words, they know how to win.

Duke had been relevant in the sport of men's basketball since the 1960's, but it wasn't until Mike Krzyzewski took over as head coach in 1980 that the team really began to flourish. You may not be able to spell his name (or even say it) correctly, but Coach K will go down as one of the greatest minds ever in basketball, and the nucleus to one of the winningest teams—of any NCAA sport.

The college basketball equivalent to the New York Yankees of baseball—who seem to always win and somehow acquire the best players—Duke is a team you either love or love to hate. One thing nobody can hate on, however, is the team's rich sneaker arsenal throughout the years. Duke rocked adidas throughout the 1980's and early 1990's until switching over to Nike who they've been with ever since. Being one of the winningest teams definitely has had its advantages since their Nike era began, as the team always seems to be laced up with the best kicks every year. From the Air Flight Huarache and the Air Unlimited in the early 90's to the exclusive PE and iD models of recent years, Duke is always winning in the sneaker game. (Worth noting: Contrary to the popular nickname of the Air Max2 Uptempo, Duke players rarely wore the shoe. We can't even find any photo evidence!)

Let's now take a look at all of the best shoe's in the team's history.

Danny Ferry - adidas

 

Christian Laettner - adidas Artillery Hi

 

Cherokee Parks - Nike Air Flight Huarache

 

Grant Hill - Nike Air Unlimited

 

Kenny Blakewey - Nike Air Up

 

Steve Wojciechowski - Nike Air Way Up

 

Air Flight Turbulence, Roshown McLeod - Air Max Uptempo, Ricky Price - Air Max Uptempo III

 


Roshown McLeod - Air MZ3

 

William Avery - Nike Air Penny IV

 

Mike Dunleavy - Air Garnett III

 

Mike Dunleavy - Shox BB4

 

Nate James - Air Jordan XVI, Shane Battier - Air Garnett III

 

Jayson Williams - Air Flight Determination

 

Duke Huddle, 2000

 

Carlos Boozer - Air Flightposite II

 

Matt Christensen - Air Flightposite II

 

Daviel Ewing - Air Jordan XVII
 

Air Jordan XVII

Dahntay Jones - Air Jordan XVII

J.J. Reddick - Air Ultraflight

 

Sean Dockery - Air Foamposite Pro

 

Sean Dockery - Air Jordan 12 Retro

 

J.J. Reddick - Zoom LeBron III

 

Zoom Flight 2K3, Air Jordan 12 Retro, Air Raid Retro

 

Daniel Ewing - Air Trainer Max Retro

 

Duke Huddle, 2007

 

Gerald Henderson - Hyperdunk 2008

 

Nolan Smith - Zoom Kobe 4, Miles Plumlee - Zoom Soldier 3

 

Huddle, 2010

 

Zoom Kobe 5 PE

 

Autsin Rivers - Zoom Huarache 2K4 PE

 

Air Sharkley iD, Hyperdunk 2011

Zoom Rookie, Zoom Hyperforce

 

Air Penny V, LeBron X iD

 

Rasheed Sulaimon - KD VI

 

Jabari Parker - LeBron X Elite iD

 

Alex Murphy - LeBron XI iD

 

2014 Team

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