words // Zack Schlemmer

"Black-True Reds"... "Charcoals"..."Breds"..."Raptors"...this colorway of the Air Jordan VII doesn't seem to have an official nickname, but that doesn't make it any less important.  The sleek, Huarache-inspired design by Tinker Hatfield was the lightest and most minimal Air Jordan to date when it came out in 1991.  The VII took aesthetic design cues from African art patterns with its angular geometric designs, and shield-like "23" patch on the heel.  Michael wore the Air Jordan VII throughout the 91-92 NBA season and broke out this colorway for the Playoffs, en route to his second NBA Championship.  As with many Air Jordans, the Black/True Red VII has an iconic Jordan moment associated with it.  In this case it's "The Shrug" in game one of the 1992 NBA Finals against the Portland Trailblazers.   

The Kicks on Cards collection continues with former Spurs guard Johnny Moore in the Nike Air Flight '90 High.  The Flight '90 has been lost in the archives of Nike Basketball, which is a shame because it's a very solid model.  You may remember them making an appearance on the Fresh Prince.

Next is Shaquille O'Neal in his first Reebok signature shoe: the Shaq Attaq.  Complete with the Pump system and decked out in his Orlando Magic colors, the Shaq Attaq is without a doubt one of the best shoes he ever wore, and among Reebok's best basketball models ever.  We finish up this week spotting two 90's Nike Basketball standards with Kenny Anderson in the Air Maestro and Tony Dumas in the Air Wayup.  What's your favorite shoe this week?

 

Michael Jordan -- Air Jordan VII

 

Johnny Moore -- Nike Air Flight '90

 

Shaquille O'Neal -- Reebok Shaq Attaq

 

Kenny Anderson -- Nike Air Maestro

 

Tony Dumas -- Nike Air Wayup