Penny Hardaway Shoes
Penny Hardaway is a legend in the NBA. Yes, his career was cut short due to injuries of his knee after he signed with Phoenix. He bounced around a few more teams trying to make a come back but with his knee problems he couldn’t get back to his old form. I was and still am a huge Penny Hardaway fan and fanatic. When it comes to the shoe world, Penny’s logo and shoes are legendary.
I wanted to take a look back when Penny first shoe was released in 1995. I remember the shoe and the commercials that were out to advertise his shoe. Nike did a great job campaigning Penny signature shoe line. Penny had his side kick Lil Penny. Lil Penny voice was played by Chris Rock. Prior to the release of the Penny 1’s, Penny wore Nike Flight line. There was the Nike Air Go LWP, Nike Air Up, Nike Swift and Nike Air Flight One. The Air Flight One was technically Penny first shoe because he wore them before the Penny 1’s.
1995 Penny first shoe got released. Penny was only the second NBA player to have there own shoe line only behind Michael Jordan. Nike Air Max Penny 1 had Air Max 2 in the heel and Zoom Air in the forefoot. This was the first sneaker to ever be introduced with both types of cushioning together in one shoe.
Now, in 1995 (back in the day), signature sneakers like Penny and Michael Jordan only came in three colorways. Of course, the three Penny 1’s all matched the Orlando Magic uniforms. There was the black with white side and blue Nike swoosh (pictured above), the “Orlando” colorway. Orlando colorway was for the all blue with white pinstripe jerseys and Penny’s most popular shoe of the Penny 1 line. The all white with blue Nike swoosh was to match the home white with black pinstripe jerseys. The all black with white Nike swoosh was for the all black with white pinstripes jerseys.
I liked that because there was 3 colorways and each colorway matched the uniforms. That is how, in my opinion, things should still be when it comes to signature shoes. These different colorways now a days do not match the uniforms.
1997 Penny had another huge shoe debut when the Nike Air Foamposite One where intruded. This Nike release turned the shoe world upside again. Mike Bibby first wore the Nike Air Foamposite One in the NCAA tournament in 1997. After Mike Bibby wore these sneakers, Penny signed on to endorse the sneaker in April 1997, that is how the one cent logo came about in the heel. I remember going Footlocker to get a pair of these Penny shoes. Back in 1997 the price for the shoes where $180 for Foamposite One. During that time, that was the most expensive Nike shoe to ever be released. 1997 was when the Nike Air Penny III where released prior to the foamposite. Nike Air Penny II was released 1996.
Speaking of 1996, that was also the Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the second dream team was put together. Penny was starting on the second dream team. Penny had his Olympic signature shoe release that summer with the number 6 on the heel (Penny’s Olympic number). That shoe model was the Nike Air Zoom Flight 96.
Well, this article was about some history and facts about my favorite basketball player and favorite Nike shoe line ever, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Hoping Penny can bring the Memphis Tigers to greatness this upcoming season. Penny has started his next chapter of his career as the head coach of Memphis. Memphis is now my new favorite college team and I will be following and cheering for Memphis this up coming basketball season. Good Luck Penny.
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