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The Complete History of NBA Slam Dunk Champions and the Shoes They Wore

The Complete History of NBA Slam Dunk Champions and the Shoes They Wore

words // Brandon Richard

On Saturday, six of the NBA's young stars will compete in the 28th Slam Dunk Contest. This year's field is particularly exciting because it marks the first time since 1988 that three All-Stars will be participating. With big names in place, many hope this will be the year that the contest restores its old glory.

No matter who's included in the field, the Dunk Contest is must-see TV every year for a plethora of reasons. Among them is the footwear. Over the last 30 years, we've seen some of the greatest sneakers of all-time take center stage during the most anticipated event of All-Star Weekend. Michael Jordan's 'Cement' Air Jordan IIIs, Kobe Bryant's adidas EQT Elevation and Vince Carter's AND1 Tai Chis are just a few of the classic kicks we associate with this aerial exhibition.

Before a new champion is crowned Saturday night, we're taking a look back at every Slam Dunk Contest champion and the sneakers they wore. From Larry Nance in '84 to T-Dot Flight 31 last year, we've got them all. Read on for the complete rundown and let us know which of this year's dunkers you think will add their name to this list.

 

2013 // Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors
Nike Air Max Barkley Posite 'Area 72'

Terrence Ross wearing Nike Air Max Barkley Posite Area 72

Nike Air Max Barkley Posite Area 72

 

2012 // Jeremy Evans, Utah Jazz
Nike Air Max Destiny TB

Jeremy Evans wearing Nike Air Max Destiny TB

Nike Air Max Destiny TB

 

2011 // Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Nike Air Max Fly By

Blake Griffin wearing Nike Air Max Fly By All-Star PE

Nike Air Max Fly By All-Star PE

 

2010 // Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
Nike Air Max Hyperize PE

Nate Robinson wearing Nike Air Max Hyperize PE

Nike Air Max Hyperize Nate Robinson PE

 

2009 // Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
Nike Foamposite Lite 'KryptoNate'

Nate Robinson wearing Nike Foamposite Lite KryptoNate

Nike Foamposite Lite KryptoNate

 

2008 // Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
adidas TS Pro Model

Dwight Howard wearing adidas TS Pro Model

adidas TS Pro Model Dwight Howard

 

2007 // Gerald Green, Boston Celtics
Reebok Pump Show Stopper PE

Gerald Green wears Reebok Pump Show Stopper G2 PE

Reebok Pump Show Stopper Gerald Green G2 PE

 

2006 // Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
Nike Air Force Specialist

Nate Robinson wearing Nike Air Force Specialist

Nike Air Force Specialist

 

2005 // Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
adidas a3 Forum Mid

Josh Smith wearing adidas a3 Forum Mid

adidas a3 Forum Mid

 

2004 // Fred Jones, Indiana Pacers
Air Jordan Nu Retro 2

Fred Jones wearing Air Jordan Nu Retro 2

Air Jordan Nu Retro 2

 

2003 // Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors
Reebok ATR Elite

Jason Richardson wearing Reebok ATR Elite

Reebok ATR Elite

 

2002 // Jason Richardson, Golden State Warriors
Reebok XBeam Franchise

Jason Richardson wearing Reebok XBeam Franchise

Reebok XBeam Franchise

 

2001 // Desmond Mason, Seattle Super Sonics
AND1 Mad Game

Desmond Mason wearing AND1 Mad Game

AND1 Mad Game

 

2000 // Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors
AND1 Tai Chi

Vince Carter wearing AND1 Tai Chi

AND1 Tai Chi 1 Mid

 

1997 // Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
adidas EQT Elevation

Kobe Bryant wearing adidas EQT Elevation

adidas EQT Elevation

 

1996 // Brent Barry, Los Angeles Clippers
Nike Air Zoom Flight 95

Brent Barry wearing Nike Air Zoom Flight 95

Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 White/Red

 

1995 // Harold Miner, Miami Heat
Nike Air Go LWP

Harold Miner wearing Nike Air Go LWP

Nike Air Go LWP Harold Miner PE

 

1994 // Isaiah Rider, Minnesota Timberwolves
Converse NBA Threat

Isaiah Rider wearing Converse NBA Threat

Converse NBA Threat

 

1993 // Harold Miner, Miami Heat
Nike Air Dynamic Flight

Harold Miner wearing Nike Air Dynamic Flight

Nike Air Dynamic Flight

 

1992 // Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix Suns
Nike Air Bound

Cedric Ceballos wearing Nike Air Bound

Nike Air Bound Concord

 

1991 // Dee Brown, Boston Celtics
Reebok Pump Omni Zone II

Dee Brown wearing Reebok Pump Omni Zone II

Reebok Pump Omni Zone II Dee Brown

 

1990 // Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
Reebok The Pump

Dominique Wilkins wearing Reebok The Pump

Reebok The Pump White/Red

 

1989 // Kenny Walker, New York Knicks
Converse ERX-300

Kenny Walker wearing Converse ERX-300

Converse ERX-300

 

1988 // Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Air Jordan III 'Cement'

Michael Jordan wearing Air Jordan 3 Cement

Air Jordan 3 OG Cement

 

1987 // Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Air Jordan II

Michael Jordan wearing Air Jordan II 2

Air Jordan II 2

 

1986 // Spud Webb, Atlanta Hawks
PONY City Wings

Spud Webb wearing PONY City Wings

PONY City Wings

 

1985 // Dominique Wilkins, Atlanta Hawks
Brooks

Dominique Wilkins wearing Brooks

Brooks Dominique Wilkins Shoes

 

1984 // Larry Nance, Phoenix Suns
Converse Pro Star

Larry Nance wearing Converse Pro Star

Converse Pro Star
 

Writers Poll
Poll: What is the Best Slam Dunk Championship Shoe of All-Time?
Nike Air Max Barkley Posite
Nike Air Max Destiny
Nike Air Max Fly By
Nike Air Max Hyperize
Nike Foamposite Lite
adidas TS Pro Model
Reebok Pump Show Stopper
Nike Air Force Specialist
adidas a3 Forum Mid
Air Jordan Nu Retro 2
Reebok ATR Elite
Reebok XBeam Franchise
AND1 Mad Game
AND1 Tai Chi
adidas EQT Elevation
Nike Air Zoom Flight 95
Nike Air Go LWP
Converse NBA Threat
Nike Air Dynamic Flight
Nike Air Bound
Reebok Pump Omni Zone II
Reebok The Pump
Converse ERX-300
Air Jordan III
Air Jordan II
PONY City Wings
Brooks
Converse Pro Star
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