words // Zack Schlemmer

The Michigan State Spartans may have suffered a tough loss yesterday at the hands of UCONN, but that doesn't mean we'll forget about them for our March Madness retrospective of the best-ever sneaker schools of NCAA basketball.

Even with being a Nike-sponsored school since the early 2000's, Michigan State may actually be best known for their years wearing Reebok, when the team was laced with the iconic Question in team colors of white with forest green accents. In fact, the Question-clad team of the 1999-2000 season led by Mateen Cleaves wore the early retro of Allen Iverson's first signature model all the way to the National Championship, placing the Spartan colorway as the second most famous version next to AI's own pairs.

But there's been plenty of other noteworthy kicks throughout the history of the Spartans, so let's take a look at all the best footwear from Magic Johnson's Bata sneakers to this year's players in exclusive versions of the Nike KD VI.

 

Magic Johnson - Bata - 1978-79

 

Anthony Miller - Converse Aerojet - 1993

 

Shawn Respert - Converse Run N' Slam - 1994

 

Shawn Respert - Converse Run N' Slam II - 1995

 

Thomas Kelly - Reebok Avant Guard - 1996

 

Mateen Cleaves - Reebok Reignman II - 1998

 

Andre Hutson - Reebok Velocity DMX - 1999

 

Charlie Bell - Reebok Velocity DMX - 1999

 

Morris Peterson - Reebok Question - 1999

 

Charlie Bell - Reebok Answer III - 2000

 

Morris Peterson, Mateen Cleaves - Reebok Question - 2000

 

Mateen Cleaves - Reebok Question - 2000

 

Zach Randolph and Teammates - Nike Shox BB4 - 2001

 

Jason Richardson, Charlie Bell - Nike Air Flightposite II - 2001

 

Alan Anderson - Nike Air Flightposite III - 2002

 

Kelvin Torbert - Nike Air Flightposite III - 2002

 

Kelvin Torbert - Nike Shox Limitless - 2003

Paul Davis - Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 - 2005

 

Shannon Brown - Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 - 2005

 

Korie Lucious - Nike Hyperdunk - 2008

 

Raymar Morgan - Nike Zoom BB - 2008

 

Nike Hyperdunk, Air Bluechip - 2009

 

Nike Zoom Soldier 4, Air Max Fly By - 2011

 

Keith Appling, Travis Trice - Nike Zoom Hyperfuse - 2012

 

Branden Dawson - Nike KD VI - 2013

 

Denzel Valentine, Branden Dawson - Nike KD VI - 2014

 

Matt Costello - Nike LeBron XI - 2014

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