Vince Carter took the league by storm in the early 2000s with his nightly displays of contorting 360 dunks and devastating posterizations of its biggest centers in the paint. Starting off his career with Puma before transitioning over to Nike as their Shox column cushion platform ambassador.
Vince Carter was an NBA icon who helped usher in a new era with his high-flying style that brought an upheaval in basketball during the 2000s. Widely considered one of the great dunkers ever seen on court, he brought both style and personality to every game he played in his prime.
He mesmerized audiences with his spectacular leaps and deft dunks while playing for both Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets, as well as representing his country at Sydney Olympic 2000, winning gold. While in Toronto, his amazing feats earned him the nickname “Vinsanity.”
Nike Shox technology became instantly recognizable upon Rookie of the Year Lamar Odom’s signing with them in 2000, as its eye-catching shoe featured its namesake pillars that provided energy return for him and other wearers.
Carter donned Nike Shox BB4 PE sneakers in black, silver and lapis with custom VC15 PE stitching throughout his NBA career. Most notably he donned them during the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest where he famously leaped over 7-foot Frederic Weis to break the record for most points scored in a slam dunk competition; then later during his playoff series win over Allen Iverson and Philadelphia 76ers.
Vince Carter began his NBA career in 1998 and quickly established himself as one of its highest-flying dunkers, featuring nightly aerial displays that combined 360s and posterizations of opponents into nightly displays of aerial dominance. Wearing Puma Cell Origin Mids during his rookie year only added further attention to both himself and Puma as both quickly gained worldwide attention.
Carter switched brands after only two seasons with Puma, joining Nike instead. His debut of Nike Shox VC4s during Sydney 2000 Olympics helped solidify Nike as an authority on basketball sneakers.
As his career advanced, Carter would wear various Nike footwear including the Air Max Dominate and AND1 Tai Chi sneakers in what many consider the greatest Slam Dunk Contest of all time (2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest).
The midsole is the thickest part of any sneaker. This area houses both its shock-absorber and stability features, as well as being home for the shoe’s traction, essential for dunking, cutting and changing direction.
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After his brief time with Puma, Carter switched over to Nike and unveiled his signature shoe: the Shox BB4. These became known as “Vinsanity” shoes after Carter used them so freely in the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest by running wild with them.
The BB4s utilized premium leather on their uppers – something common during this era of basketball shoes – along with a chrome shank plate and soft EVA foam in their midsoles, including their signature Shox technology that looked like rocket launcher pillars – as a nod to its namesake technology, and are still used today in some Nike basketball shoes.