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March Madness: The Best Sneakers Worn by the Arizona Wildcats

words // Zack Schlemmer

If you're a fan of the Arizona Wildcats, our condolences go out to you for the team coming up short in this year's tournament, suffering a one point loss to Wisconsin and just missing the Final Four. But as a bit of a consolation prize we offer up this retrospective of Arizona's best on-court sneakers of all time, and maybe you can rest assured knowing your school is almost inarguably the greatest sneaker school ever.

Second only to the Fab Five of Michigan and the Nike Air Force Max for probably the most memorable sneaker ever in college basketball, Penny Hardaway's royal blue Nike Air Foamposite One that Mike Bibby and company wore during their run to the 1997 national title go down as one of the most iconic sneakers in NCAA basketball history. But as you'll see below, that's only the tip of the iceberg.

While many schools have changed sneaker brands over the years, Arizona has been wearing Nike for as far back as we can find photographic evidence. From being one of the selected teams for their own Dunk colorway in the Be True To Your School collection, to the aforementioned Foamposite One, to the 2001 team that apparently made a conscious group effort to lace up retros like the Air Trainer 1, Air Trainer SC, Air Force III, Air Flight '89 and even an OG pair of the Nike Air Dynamic Flight from 1993(!), to the more recent teams rocking retro Jordans galore, Arizona could be the victors of a college basketball sneaker tournament on almost any given year.

Nike Air Force 1 - Early 1980's

 

Nike Dunk - 1985

 

Steve Kerr - Nike Air Ship - 1985

 

Sean Elliott - Nike Air Force 2 - 1985 (Opponent in Air Assault)

 

Sean Elliott - Nike Air Force III - 1988

 

Matt Othick - Nike Air Alpha Force II - 1989

 

Chris Mills - Nike Air Force V - 1990

 

Damon Stoudamire - Nike Air Dynamic Flight

 

Ray Owes - Nike Air Flight Huarache - 1993

 

Damon Stoudamire - Nike Air Maestro 2 - 1994

 

Reggie Geary - Nike Air Maestro 2 - 1994

 

Damon Stoudamire - Air Jordan 10

 

Ray Owes - Nike Air Max2 CB - 1995

 

Donell Harris - Nike Air Max CB 34 - 1996

 

Zoom Flight '95 - 1996

 

Nike Air Flight One, Jason Terry - Air Jordan XI - 1996

 

Jason Terry - Nike Air Adjust Force - 1996

 

Bennet Davison - Nike Air Maestro '96 - 1997

 

Michael Dickerson - Nike Zoom Flight Five - 1997

 

Miles Simon - Air Jordan XIII - 1997

 

Zoom Flight Five, Air Adjust Force, Air Foamposite One - 1997

 

Mike Bibby - Air Foamposite One, Miles Simon - Nike Air Max Uptempo III - 1997 (See more of Bibby in the Foamposite HERE)

 

Traves Wilson - Air Jordan XIII - 1998

 

Jason Terry - Air Foamposite One - 1998

 

Gilbert Arenas - Nike Air Garnett III - 1999

 

Jason Gardner - Nike Air Flightposite - 1999

 

Jason Terry - Nike Air Penny IV - 1999

 

Jason Terry - Nike Zoom T-Bug Flight - 1999

 

Richard Jefferson - Air Jordan Jumpman Team - 1999

 

Jason Gardner - Nike Air Flightposite - 2000

 

Jason Gardner - Nike Air Foamposite Pro - 2001

 

Jason Gardner - Nike Zoom Hyperflight - 2001

 

Eugene Edgerson - Nike Air Force III - 2001

 

Eugene Edgerson - Nike Air Dynamic Flight - 2001

 

Gilbert Arenas - Nike Air Flight '89 - 2001

 

Jason Gardner - Nike Air Trainer 1 - 2001

 

Jason Gardner - Nike Air Trainer 1, Gilbert Arenas - Air Trainer SC, Lauren Woods - Air Jordan 11 - 2001

 

Michael Wright - Nike Air Force Max - 2001

 

Salim Stoudamire - Nike Zoom Hyperflight - 2002

 

Salim Stoudamire - Nike Air Afterburner Flight - 2002

 

Salim Stoudamire - Nike Zoom Ultraflight - 2003

 

Salim Stoudamire - Air Jordan XVII - 2003

 

Salim Stoudamire - Air Jordan 8 Retro - 2003

 

Channing Frye - Air Jordan XIX - 2004

 

Hassan Adams - Nike Zoom Flight 2K3 - 2004

 

Salim Stoudamire - Air Jordan 12 Retro - 2004

 

Andre Iguodala - Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 - 2005

 

Mustafa Shakur - Nike Air Max CB '94 - 2005

 

Marcus Williams - Air Jordan 14 Retro - 2006

 

Brendon Lavendar - Nike Hyperdunk - 2009

 

Lamont Jones - Air Jordan 7 Retro - 2010

 

Derrick Williams -- Kobe VI iD & Foamposite One - 2011

 

Josiah Turner - Air Jordan 5 Retro - 2011

 

Nick Johnson - Air Jordan 11 Retro, Kevin Parrom - Air Jordan 10 Retro - 2012

 

Solomon Hill - Air Jordan 10 Retro - 2013

 

Nick Johnson - Nike KD VI iD

(Images via Yahoo!)

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