Yeah, you already know. Vince Carter’s coming-out party at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest had AND1 blowin’ up like WCW Monday Nitro, and began a super successful era for the brand as it transitioned into the Mixtapes. It’s hard to say whether or not the Tai Chi would have been as celebrated in sneaker lore without Vince going Picasso in mid-air, but it’s safe to assume that the shoe’s sleek, split color design and Eastern-influenced name would have garnered support for the brand regardless. Worn by nearly every AND1 athlete, the Tai Chi is arguably a Top 10 basketball shoe ever, and remains synonymous with Vince Carter. Even though VC later had his own line of nicely boinged-out Nike’s, the Tai Chi remains his, and AND1′s, flagship sneaker moment. Dubbed the “Chosen Shoe” by Foot Locker, they are still available if you do a little sleuthing. A piece of sneaker history for only a Ulysses S. Grant and an Andrew Jackson? Better get moving, kids.
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