It's Gotta Be the Shoes

by Jon Newberry

Just like the game itself, basketball shoes have evolved ever since Converse introduced the Chuck Taylor All-Stars in 1917. While the initial progression came slow (Chucks maintained its place as the top basketball shoe well into the 60's), there were many brands, styles and features by the time the NBA's popularity took off in the 80's.

This short rundown of some of the Hawks biggest stars and their shoe "loyalties" accurately showcases the extensive variety of options available to players in each era.

Check out the slideshow of images and descriptions to learn more about each player and their shoes. Also, be sure to scroll down to watch the commercials below, and see which former Hawk is the best pitch-man for their brand of footwear.