If you weren’t that knowledgeable about sneakers, you could easily mistake the Nike Air Foamposite One for a non-Nike product. Without the Nike swoosh on the upper save for the tiny speck on the toe, the prominent Penny Hardaway 1 Cent logo on the heel would have you wondering who exactly made these kicks. The Nike Air Foamposite Pro has no such issues.
With a giant swoosh jewel on the lateral side, Nike reclaimed the Foams right away so there was no confusion from consumers. In the age when few players wore signature shoes that did not belong to them, the Foamposite Pros gave Nike Basketball athletes that weren’t named Penny Hardaway the chance to rock the futuristic kicks. Thanks to superstars like Tim Duncan to Ray Allen wearing the “takedowns”, the One and the Pro have complimented each other ever since. With today’s release of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro Hyper Cobalt that evokes memories of an older Pro release, here are our picks for the Top 10 Nike Air Foamposite Pro Colorways.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Dr. Doom (2006)
Despite multiple Ls Marvel’s First Family has taken at the movies, they are still one of the most iconic franchises in all of comics and deserve better. One of the few times an outside brand got it right was when Nike Sportswear released a sneaker pack based off Reed and Sue Richards (Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman), Ben Grimm (The Thing) and Johnny Storm (Human Torch). But for some reason, a decent colorway of the Nike Air Foamposite Pro got lumped into the pack and inexplicably was called Dr. Doom, even though the shoe had zero connection in color or execution to either movie or comic book Victor Von Doom. There are plenty of Foamposite Pros that opt for the black motif and this is the best of the bunch. Just ignore the Doom references.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Gym Green (2012)
At the height of Foamposite Mania any release – whether they be new colorway or retro reissue – was an excuse for sneakerheads to line up and camp out for days. In the middle of the year of the Galaxy Foams, the Gym Green Foams became a cult classic thanks to its iridescent upper that shifted color depending on how the light bent towards to the kicks. With all of the Foams that dropped around this time you can be forgiven if you forgot about this colorway, but we didn’t, as evidenced by the random comments that we from time to time from fans who love to say “but what about the Gym Greens?”
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Voltage (1997)
“Volt” wasn’t so much a thing at Nike back in 1997 as much as it was a passing fancy as only a handful of sneakers around that time released with the blindingly bright yellowish green. Similar to the Nike Total Max Uptempo that released around the same, the Voltage was more of a precursor for what was to come at the swoosh, where everything has to have Volt. Not that we’re complaining.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Electric Green (2011)
When people think of Electric Green and Nike (now that we think about it, where else does Electric Green flourish but at Nike?), the first thing that comes to mind is LeBron James and his Dunkman mini-line of sneakers. While no one would accuse this Foamposite Pro as being a “Dunkman” Foam, the timing of this release and another pair that we’ll reveal later on in this list at the height of LeBron’s sneaker popularity was hard to deny.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Solar Red (2014), Gym Red (2015), Pure Platinum (2016)
We all know what these colorways are based from. Anybody that says otherwise are just kidding themselves. Despite Kanye West’s less than amicable split from Nike a few years ago, that didn’t stop the brand from releasing these colorways that are essentially copies of the Nike Air Yeezy 2 drops. To spread the releases out for this long shows the staying power Kanye and Nike have on the sneaker community. While each successive pair seem to sit on store shelves longer than the previous release, don’t expect this trend to slow down anytime soon on other Nike Sportswear drops.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Metallic Silver (2008)
If Nike had released these around the time of Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer movie and sneakerheads started calling them the Silver Surfer Foams (some did, but it wasn’t ubiquitous), it wouldn’t have been as offensive a nickname as the Foams that were named after Doom that you saw previously on this list. Actually, most nicknames aren’t as offensive as the Doom.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Retro (2011)
Don’t lie, you have a pair of these sitting in your closet with pink laces.
Some might call them Electric Blue, some might call them South Beach, we just call them one of the best Foamposite Pro colorways to ever release. At just the right angle, the shoe is strikingly similar to the now-legendary Nike LeBron 8 South Beach release that this could be considered a consolation prize of sorts. But the Retro Foams stand out in a class of their own with the well-done bright finish that pops like few other Nike silhouettes can.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Varsity Red (2002)
Just don’t call these “Bred” or “Banned” Foams and we’ll be cool. Seriously, don’t…
Nike Air Foamposite Pro Varsity Royal (2001)
Black and Red will always be synonymous with Air Jordans. Black and Blue is where it starts and ends for Foams. No matter the shade of blue, whether it be Varsity, Electric, Current, Vivid, Mirror, Dark Neon and more, they will always be the definitive look for Foams. What started out as a one-off for Penny Hardaway has expanded into a bonafide franchise for Nike, and we haven’t stopped collecting them since.
Nike Air Foamposite Pro White Black True Red/Pearl (1997, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2015)
Popularized by Jesus (Shuttlesworth) and the Big Fundamental in the late 90s, the original Foamposite Pro has evolved from a pure white to a more pearlescent (hence the Pearl moniker) finish to back to pure white through the years. But because Nike has always called them White Black True Red, we’re going to follow their lead and bunch all of them together to claim the top spot on this list. Like there was ever any doubt…
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