15,860 points, 7,321 rebounds, 1,445 blocks, 304 technical fouls. Those are some of the standout career totals for retired NBA star Rasheed Wallace. The 304 technicals make him the NBA’s all-time leader for the most from any single player as well. However, Wallace wasn’t known just for his foul mouth. “Sheed” was equally recognized in the sneaker community for his affection for Air Force 1’s. Every since the first day that he stepped foot on the NBA hardwood he strapped on a fresh pair of Air Force 1 Highs.
For his entire career Wallace took the court in nothing but Nike’s first “Air” equipped basketball shoe with just a few exceptions. No Flywire, Hyper anything or even any Air Jordans for the former University of North Carolina star. But Wallace did share a special link to his Airness as his jump shot was created into his own personal logo added to each of his shoes.
Wonder why a star with a Nike contract would only wear an outdated shoe that was created back in 1982? Well this was once his reply, “I love Air Force Ones. That’s the shoe I grew up with in Philadelphia. My older brothers got me wearing them and I just stuck with them. Everyone in the neighborhood used to wear them. It’s retro. It’s tradition. That’s me, old school.”
NBA championship ring, lifelong Nike contract, your jump shot immortalized onto one of the most popular shoes of all time. That’s not a bad resume to have. Happy Birthday to Rasheed Wallace, we miss the man and his sneakers on the NBA courts.