While in Phoenix, Jason Kidd was teamed up with another backcourt star, Penny Hardaway, and both rocked the Nike Flightposite. One of Nike’s most iconic sneakers, the Flightposite was ahead of the game, featuring a futuristic design inspired by concept cars. This sleek design emphasized fluidity, replacing the laces with a zipper to make it look as a continuous part of your foot. The wearer and shoe were one.
In ‘96, Fila released the Grant Hill II, probably his most memorable and popular shoe. After being named Rookie of the Year, getting the most votes at the All Star Game, and being selected to Dream Team II, Hill’s popularity was off the charts. This made the GHII one of the most popular sneakers in the 90s, even giving the Jordan XI a run for its money. The shoe’s following even included Tupac, who wore it in one of his album inserts.
Kidd was traded to the New Jersey Nets from the suns in 2002 and immediately made an impact, leading the team to the finals in his first year and finishing 2nd in MVP. He would soon make the jump to Jordan Brand as part of the Jordan Team. Kidd rocked a couple of sick PEs during his time at New Jersey, namely the Jordan 13, Jordan 19, and Jordan Team Flow.