Before the NBA had its off court dress code (ya know the one that kept players from wearing tall tees on the sideline) they kept it strict on the court. We all know of Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 1s getting banned due to league rules but that wasn’t the only time his kicks were cracked down on. After debuting the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals he switched to the Nike Air Flight One in Game 3 to avoid a fine for not matching his teammates black sneakers. These shoes happened to be the signature sneaker of series opponent and rising star Penny Hardaway. While Jordan would soon get the “Space Jams”, legend has it that he cut off the pull tab that sported Hardaway’s #1.
Who: Michael Jordan
Shoe: Nike Air Flight One
Event: Game 3 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals