What Are Your Favorite Sneakers Ever?

Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday (or thereabouts), Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.

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This Week's Panel: ESG, John Dew, Chuckway, Hollywood Floss, Show, Killa Kyleon, Delo, Fat Tony

Not Invited: Phil Knight

This Week's Prompt: In honor of the Sneaker Summit, what are your three favorite sneakers of all time?

ESG: Jordans, Blazers, Air Force Ones. Oh yeah, a pair of leather Chucks is a must.

John Dew: Jordan II (Eleven) because that was the season he defined his legacy in the shoe game and basketball; patent leather, need I say more? (1995)

  • Nike Air Trainer (Bo Jackson Shoe) introduced the new cross country style of shoe. Remember Prostars Cartoon? (1991)
  • Deion Sanders Diamond Turf [because] strap across the top changed the game. (1994)
  • Honorable Mentions: Reebok Blackturf Hexalite forced Nike to revamp their Flight Brand and Reebok Pump forced Nike to make a modified version of the pump.

Chuckway: I own about 70 pair of Chucks and some Timbs, but if I had to wear another type of sneakers it would be Jordans or the old school Adidas.

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Chuckway also sent in this photo with his answer. That's a lot of shoes.

Hollywood FLOSS: Jordan 3s (Black/Cement). Spike Lee endorsed them and we fell in love with them. The leather mixed with the elephant print is a great combination and one of a kind

  • Penny 1/Foamposite. I couldn't pick a clear winner between the two, but these two from the Penny collection are a must have from the collection. The original Foamposites were the first shoes to ever mold your feet as you wore them. Dope technology.
  • Nike Air Trainer SC. Bo Jackson. 'Nuff Said.

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Jordan 11, without question. The initial white tops with black patent leather were dope but once he dropped the all whites and the cool grey he pretty much solidified the number one spot. If you don't believe me click on Crunklyns link and the first thing you notice are not the Air Pythons, but the all grey 11's to the right hand side. Then for shit's and giggles years later Jordan decided to release the 11's in a low top with the snakeskin patent.


Hands down the 11 is a masterpiece.

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