words & images // Zack Schlemmer
Up first in this week's Kicks on Cards collection is the Reebok TD Threat worn by somewhat obscure running back Darick Holmes. Unfortunately for Holmes, the TD Threats he's wearing are a little more memorable than his career. Released in 1995, the TD Threat was a popular turf shoe/cross-trainer worn by many Reebok-sponsored football players. The shoe's design features a clean and simple set of stripes running down each side of the shoe with Reebok branding on the heel and tongue.
Next is a rare look at a bald Ben Wallace before his "Fear the Fro" days in the Nike Air Much Uptempo. Also on the card is another unidentified background player (can you name him?) in the same shoe, but different colorway. Everybody knows the Air More Uptempo made famous by it's huge "AIR" branding across the shoe and worn by the likes of Scottie Pippen, but many don't know it had a little brother without the full-length Air Max sole. As you can see, the Much Uptempo was basically the same shoe as the More Uptempo, but with visible Air in only the heel.
This week's third card is MJ in the Air Jordan VI "Carmine", a shoe most of us know and love. Here we spot it on the back of Jordan's Upper Deck card released exclusively at McDonald's during the 1992-93 NBA season. The last two cards this week consist of Terrell Brandon in his college days as an Oregon Duck in the Nike Air Force V, and Reggie Williams in a Pony brand low-top.
As always, share you favorite sneaker sightings in the comments below!
Darick Holmes -- Reebok TD Threat
Ben Wallace and unidentified player -- Nike Air Much Uptempo
Michael Jordan -- Air Jordan VI
Terrell Brandon -- Nike Air Force V
Reggie Williams -- Pony low-top