Thursday, March 15, 2012

1991's Nike Air Force 180 High

Ankle support nearly meant calf support. Impact protection meant fitting in as much Air and sheer volume as possible. And of course, colors were vibrant whenever possible. Why not throw a Pump system into the mix too, even if you're not the company that started the mechanism's craze to begin with? Not too much regard for sticking strictly to team colors, either, in 1991.

It might look a little funky now -- and about 3 inches too tall -- but the Air Force 180 High was an ideal big man shoe in its day. That much lockdown and little mobility was considered a sign of tremendous support. For The Admiral, it was his year in the Air Force 180 High that he truly came into his own and was recognized as one of the league's best centers.

After putting up 25.6 points per game and a career high 13 rebounds per outing, David Robinson was named to both the All-NBA First Team and the All-Defensive First Team at the end of the 1991 season, both firsts in his career.

With the Air Force 180 High by his side all season, he's been forever linked to the shoe ever since.

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