words // Zack Schlemmer

Syracuse basketball has been synonymous with Nike since the days of the Dunk, when the university was one of the select few teams across the nation to receive their own colorway of the now iconic model in 1985. All these years later, the Orangemen are still lacing up some of the freshest kicks across the nation—especially if you're a fan of the color orange.

In between the Dunk and current kicks like the "Gumbo League" KD VI worn by Tyler Ennis in the team's shocking loss to Dayton in this year's tournament, Syracuse has laced up some of the best kicks ever seen on the NCAA court. Included in the arsenal are the original Air Jordan XI, Zoom Flight '95, Air Flightposite, Zoom GP and even the Air Speed Turf trainer famously worn by John Wallace back in 1996 (you'll also see another classic trainer worn a few years earlier).

Check out all of the best kicks worn 'Cuse as we continue our March Madness retrospective of the top sneaker school in NCAA basketball history.

Pearl Washington - Nike Dunk


Derrick Coleman - Nike Dunk, Rony Seikaly - Air Force 2 Low


Billy Owens - Nike Air Force III


Billy Owens - Nike Air Force STS


Dave Johnson - Air Trainer SC


Lawrence Moten - Air Force Max


Jucious Jackson - Air Jordan IX


Michael Lloyd - Air Max2 CB


Air Jordan XI, Air DVST8, Zoom Flight '95


Otis Hill - Air Max Uptempo


John Wallace - Air Speed Turf


John Wallace - Air Speed Turf, Teammates in Zoom Flight '95 and Air Jordan XI


Jason Cipolla - Air Penny II


Jason Hart - Air Max CW


Jason Hart - Air MZ3


Jason Hart - Zoom GP


Jason Hart - Air Jordan XII


Jason Hart - Air Flightposite


Etan Thomas - Air Flightposite


Tony Bland - Vis Zoom Uptempo


Allen Griffin - Air Jordan 6 Retro


DeShaun Williams - Air Flightposite III


Josh Pace - Shox VC II


Carmelo Anthony - Zoom Ultraflight


Hakim Warrick - Air Jordan XIX


Josh Pace - Air Jordan 12 Retro


Josh Pace - Air Jordan 18.5


Louie McCroskey - Air Max CB 94


Billy Edelin - Air Jordan Melo 1.5


Louie McCroskey - Air Penny IV


Eric Devendorf - Hyperdunk, Johnny Flynn - LeBron 6


Johnny Flynn - Air Jordan 8 Retro


Johnny Flynn - Zoom Flight '95


Paul Harris and Johnny Flynn - Hyperdunk


Scoop Jardine - Zoom Soldier III


Rick Jackson - Air Jordan 2 Retro


Air Jordan 11 Retro, Zoom Kobe 6, Zoom KD IV, Hyperdunk Low


Dion Waiters - Zoom Kobe 6 iD


Dion Waiters - Air Jordan 3 Retro


Kobe 8 BHM, KD VI


C.J. Fair - Air Jordan 11 Retro


Hyperdunk 2013, Air Jordan XX8 SE


Tyler Ennis - KD VI All-Star "Gumbo League"

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