Reebok Pump Omni Zone II, Black/White/Orange (Dee Brown)
The birthday boy and reason for this sneaker feature changed the shoe game forever when he coolly and casually squeezed life into his Reebok Pumps, much to the delight of fans and announcers present. It was the idea behind the whole design that vaulted him into sneaker fame — he didn’t draw too much attention to himself, didn’t wave his arms up and down before pumping up his joints, didn’t flag the camera person over to get a pic of his sneaks. Nah, he pumped up as if he were all alone in a gym in Boston dunking the ball just for the sake of dunking the ball. It was enough of a move to get people intrigued, but not too much of a stunt that would make people cry “Gimmick!”
His creativity — of the not-trying-too-hard variety — was later seen when he threw a tomahawk while blanketing his eyes with his free arm, sealing the W and putting Shawn Kemp historically in second place. The look-alike Reebok Pump Omni Lite is available today in retro form, and can be picked up for under $100.