words // Zac Dubasik

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won five NCAA Tournament Championships in their illustrious history, and have made 18 Final Four appearances. It's a program that's basically become synonymous with "college basketball." 

It was a certain player on their 1982 Championship team though that has cemented the program in both basktball and sneaker history. Only one school can include a player the calibur of Michael Jordan in their alumni, and that's UNC. Even if you considered Kobe and LeBron to be in the same league, neither even went to college.

During MJ's days, the Tar Heels were a Converse school, but made the transition to Nike in the late-'80s, before making the switch to their most famous player's own brand in the late-'90s. 

Over those years, the school has seen not only an extremely impressive run of future NBA All-Stars, but some classic sneakers. Take a look back as we remember some of the best kicks worn by the Tar Heels as March Madness begins.

Michael Jordan - Converse Pro Leather


Rasheed Wallace - Air Strong


Jerry Stackhouse - Air Jordan X


Jeff McGinnis - Air Jordan XI


Vince Carter and teammates - Air Modify Force


Kris Lang - Jordan Jumpman Team One


Jason Capel - Air MZ3


Joseph Forte - Air Jordan XV


Joseph Forte - Air Afterburner Flight


Orlando Mendez - Air Jordan 11


UNC Bench - Air Jordan XI


Sean May - Air Jordan XVIII


Sean May - Air Jordan XII


Sean May - Air Jordan XIX SE


Sean May - Air Jordan XIX SE & Ray Felton Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4


Ray Felton - Air Jordan X


Rashad McCants - Air Jordan XII


Marvin Williams - Air Jordan XIII


UNC Bench - Melo M3, Air Jordan XX2, Jordan 9.5


Ed Davis - Air Jordan XX2


Ty Lawson - Jordan 12.5


Ty Lawson - Zoom Soldier 2


Dexter Strickland - Air Jordan 2011


Harrison Barnes - Kobe 7 System 


John Henson - Air Jordan XIII


Leslie McDonald - Air Jordan XX8 SE


James McAdoo - Air Jordan 11


James McAdoo - Air Jordan X