What the Air Jordan 11 was to Michael Jordan and the Nike Air More Uptempo was to Scottie Pippen during the Chicago Bulls' record-breaking 1995-96 season, the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt was to Dennis Rodman.
Rodman, a castoff from the San Antonio Spurs following a troubled stint with the team, turned out to be the missing piece the Bulls needed to reclaim their throne. His wild antics and sense of style extended to his footwear, which for part of the season was the Eric Avar-designed Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt. In Avar's mind, the idea was to create an unorthodox sneaker that would serve as a reflection of Rodman's personality—mission accomplished.
More than 20 years later, there's still not a sneaker quite like the Ndestrukt. Its shrouded upper, exaggerated Swoosh, unique logos, alternative lacing system and chunky tooling make for a shoe that still stands out in the market. For longtime fans of the model and intrigued newcomers to the game, the model is returning in April.
Not overthinking the retro, Nike is rolling out three original colorways, including the colorways worn by Rodman en route to the 96 championship. They'll release on SNKRS, Nike+ and nike.com on Friday, Apr. 28. Retail will be $140.