Ben Osborne is the editor in chief of SLAM Magazine. Scoop Jackson has been a sports writer and cultural critic for more than fifteen years and currently works for ESPN. Russ Bengtson is the sneaker editor for Complex.com. Lang Whitaker works for the NBA, writing for NBA.com and appearing regularly on NBATV. John Brilliant is the editor and founder of CounterKicks.com.
"SLAM Kicks: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game is
the new book by SLAM Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ben Osborne
that sheds some light on the multi-billion dollar industry
revolving around sneaker collecting. In particular, the book gives
a thorough account of basketball sneaker history, featuring product
photographs, alongside informative illustrations and amazing action
shots of "kicks..".takes a closer look at 33 of the most coveted
and "game changing" shoes and their designs, as well as their
influence and appeal off the court. Definitely a must read for
seasoned sneaker pros as well as aspiring collectors..."
"Slam Kicks is a serious book for people who really care to know the history, have a passion for the sport, and can appreciate the stories attached to great pairs of shoes." -Complex.com
"It's always handy to have a physical compendium for sneakers at your disposal. The trusted minds at SLAM have just debuted another of those: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game from their Kicks division. The book was pieced together by notable sneaker writers like Scoop Jackson, Russ Bengtson, Lang Whitaker, and John Brilliant, and seeks to document the most important of hoops shoes from the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star to the Air Jordan franchise to some more modern designs that have already made their mark in sneaker history." -Sneakernews.com
..".a celebration of basketball shoe history both on and off the court, plus it features all of the sport's most iconic shoes from the 1930s to today." -Werd.com
"SLAM Magazine's Editor in Chief, Ben Osborne, has joined
forces with a handful of accomplished sneakerheads to present this
208-page visual breakdown of the most game-changing basketball
shoes to step foot onto the hardwood floor. This informative
masterpiece offers stunning imagery and action shots of 33 of the
most sought-after kicks and is accompanied by articles and excerpts
from collectors like Lang Whitaker, John Brilliant and Russ
Bengtson. Gracing the cover is the coveted AJ1 Retro High "Bred,"
which offers a glimpse at what the book holds in store...SLAM
KICKS: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game..."
"If you want to know the history of basketball, start from the ground up. From Chuck Taylors to Air Jordans, the evolution of the rubber-soled shoe reveals the changing nature of the game and its place in athletic, cultural, and economic history. The sneaker industry is bigger today than ever before: By 2018, the global athletic footwear market is projected to reach $84.4 billion. In SLAM Kicks: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game, SLAM Magazine editor-in-chief Ben Osborne collects the iconic images that tell this story." -New Republic "The basketball sneaker has come a long way from the utilitarian days of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star to the current performance-as-fashion Air Jordan. And it's this journey, in all its ebbs and flows, that the new book SLAM Kicks: Basketball Sneakers That Changed The Game covers in thorough and entertaining detail...Basketball Sneakers examines the wide-ranging impact of hardwood kicks over decades of progression. The most iconic sneakers of all time, including the PUMA Clyde, AND1 Tai Chi and Reebok Question, are discussed in depth alongside footwear design, technology advancements, athlete endorsers, and a host of factors that have contributed to the high-passion sneaker scene as we know it today." -Counterkicks.com "Slam Kicks: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game documents the history of basketball shoes and features images of iconic footwear and in motion shots of kicks on the feet of famed basketball players. Authored by sneakerhead Ben Osbourne, the book explores thirty-three of the most influential and "game changing" shoes and their impact on street culture. The book offers insight from collectors such as Lang Whitaker, John Brilliant, and Russ Bengtson, including pre dated internet stories of stock room finds. The pages of Slam Kicks pay tribute to shoes that have obtained cult status, high profile kicks and the designers such as Jeremy Scott who interpret them" -12OZProphet