Nike announced this week that it’s bringing the Shox concept back on a brand new model, the Shox Gravity. But there’s an entire series of Shox-based sneakers that fans might actually want that has yet to see a return: Vince Carter’s signature line.
When asked about the possibility of a retro, Carter told Sole Collector that it's something he’s hoping for. “I’ve asked for a couple years, and to no avail,” he said.
Carter famously wore the Shox BB4 in the 2000 Olympics for one of the greatest basketball highlights of all time, when he leapt over 7'2" Frederic Weis of the French National Team. His own signature line began two years later with the Nike Shox VC and ran for five models.
Carter isn’t the only one who would like to see his line return either. “The first day I saw this guy here [points to George Hill], that’s the first thing he asked for. There’s guys who are itchin’ to get that shoe back,” he explained. “All the young guys ask me about it and if I can get it for them.”
There may be nothing in the works for a retro line as of yet, but Carter sees the return of the technology he spent years playing in as a positive and hopes to wear his shoes on the court again one day. “I’d be cool if it comes back out and I’m still playin’—I’d be ecstatic,” the 40-year-old laughed. “They said they’d look into it; it would be great. This is a great start just to see that Shox shoe out there.”