Nike has enjoyed decades in the limelight as one of the most beloved sneaker manufacturer on the planet. It's a top competitor for the number one slot when it comes to the creation of a wide variety of models and shoe styles with everything from running shoes to high performance professional athletic shoes. As we reviewed their long and rich history, the innovations and new designs throughout the years have been nothing short of impressive. Here are the ten best Nike high-tops models of all time.
1. Zoom Hyperfuse
The Nike Zoom Hyperfuse was introduced in 2010 and became a very important high top shoe in basketball designs. The shoe was a collaborative effort between Shane Kohatsu and the Nike corporation. It quickly became a big seller because of its ventilation as well as its stability and durability.
2. Air Jordan VIII
The Air Jordan VIII took the Air Jordan original model to the limits of design in its era. It signified a different direction for the line of Air Jordans, thanks to the new intense strap design. These were one of Michael Jordan's finest collaborations with Nike and they found a huge following.
3. Nike Lebron Soldier XI Mens Basketball Shoes
The Nike Lebron Soldier XI Men's Basketball Shoes were among the most revolutionary in their design. They're designed for men who don't want to be hassled with laces, yet require the ultimate court shoe with exemplary traction in multiple layers, and a snug adjustable fit to give you the control and freedom that you need when you're in a serious professional game situation. These basketball shoes are still available from some retailers in a range of colorways and they're priced between $74 to $100.
4. Air Jordan Legacy 312
The Air Jordan Legacy 312's are yet another of the amazing designs born of the Jordan/Nike partnership. These shoes were an especially big hit with fans from the 312 area code of Chicago. Michael saw fit to implement the iconic elements of the shoes bearing his name and combine them in the Legacy 312.
5. Nike Air Unlimited
Packed with amazing features the Nike Air Unlimited quickly became among the most loved high top in the Nike sneaker line. The cushioning was ideal and the ankle support sublime. They were durable and held up well under heavy use and they featured a stylish aesthetic with a wide range of colorways available .
6.Nike Men's Air Precision High-Top Basketball Shoe
The Nike Men's Air Precision High Top is an iconic basketball shoe that has a customized lace up closure that allows the wearer to get a snug and ideal fit. The shoe is well received because of its unique fabric material that allows air to flow through for excellent ventilation to help prevent perspiration. The synthetic sole gives it great grip on the court and the lightness of the shoe allows the player to feel the court beneath his feet. It's a responsive model that is well suited for the basketball court. This model truly is a precision shoe that was designed specifically for the basketball court.
7. Nike Air Max Lebron VII
These high top kicks were first released n 2009. The Nike Lebron 7 featured innovative sneaker technology that was groundbreaking at the time. It introduced Flywire technology to the world and it featured the 360 Max Air Sole in a full length for maximum comfort and bounce on the court. Another drawing card is the fact that it was sold in more than 20 colorways and whenever fans hear NIKE AIR, their ears perk up because of the reputation that the line has established for innovation and the use of new technologies that just keep getting better and better with each new edition that is released. Lebron James has been an asset to the Nike brand and he's brought his share of followers who look for the name and really dig the styles and colorways.
8. Air Force III
The Air Force III was released for the first time in 1988 and when this '80s shoe hit the market it quickly became one of the biggest sellers in the Nike high top lineup. What really lit a fire under the feet of fans was the fact that this shoe was an evolution in the Air Force line which is likely to live on forever. The impressive style with the iconic Air Force design and the introduction of new colorways forever sealed this as one of the best Nike High Tops ever.
9. Nike Dunk
The Nike Dunk was released in 1986 and it didn't take long for the shoe to influence a new following. It's one of Nike's iconic basketball shoes that came to live with a resurgence in the early 2000s and it didn't take much prodding to induce the public to clamor for more information about when the new release was due to come out. The Dunk SB kicked off a frenzy for high tops with its new color releases and stuffed tongues.
10. Air Jordan 1
The Nike Air Jordan 1 was first released in 1985 and it was a game changer for the brand as well as for those who were looking for a high top that would provide outstanding support and comfort at the same time. The Air Jordan I kicked off a new line that would stimulate a new following of the brand and having Michael Jordan as the spokesperson and collaborative designer didn't hurt the sales one little bit. This is an iconic shoe that kicked off a new culture in sneakers and the Air Jordan 1 may in fact be one of the most important Nike models that has ever been produced.
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