The ultimate book for both hoops fans and sneaker obsessives, A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers is a celebration of the iconic shoes and superstars who have defined the sport. Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, Reebok Pumps, Air Jordans and more, each chapter breaks down how each sneaker represented an era, transformed the culture, and changed the game.
A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers is written with authority by former Complex and SLAM magazine editor Russ Bengtson. With full-color sneaker photographs and detailed illustrations throughout, the book is a kaleidoscopic celebration of the players, styles, and iconic moments that have shaped hoops both on and off the court.
Other chapters include Walt Frazier’s Puma Clydes and the New York City street game; Michael Jordan’s first signature Air Jordan and the birth of the modern global basketball superstar; Nike Air Swoopes and the evolution of the women’s game; sneaker tech and the rise of retro; and much more.
A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers will be published October 10, 2023.
Excerpted from “A History of Basketball in Fifteen Sneakers” (Workman) by Russ Bengtson. Copyright © 2023