Through this collaboration we plan on bringing you monthly articles on sneaker related topics. An insight into the sneaker world from the perspective of a collector and lover of all things sneakers that grew up in the sneaker boom of the 90’s. We will be exploring different brands and compiling lists and piecing together the lines of signature athletes. To start off we are focusing on indisputably the most popular, most requested, most desirable Nike’s in Cape Town. – Bubblekoppe

1. Nike Shox VC II (2002)

Sport: Basketball (NBA)

Endorsed by: Vince Carter (Signature)

Designer: Eric Avar

Retro: None

Nicknames: 21 Shock/Shox, VC’s 

Colourway: White/University Red

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Undeniably the most sought after shoe in Cape Town since it was released. It retailed at R2799.99, which was an unthinkable amount of money for shoes at the time. Vince Carter was the face of Nike Shox when it came to the basketball court, the VC II was the flagship model of the line. Its design was inspired by a Bentley Azure car.

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2. Nike Total Air Pillar (1998)

Sport: Cross-Training / Wrestling 

Endorsed by: Cary Kolat (Signature)

Designer: Richard Clarke

Retro: 2012

Nicknames: TL, Pillars

Colourway: Navy/Varsity Maize “Michigan”

Jack Lemkus x Bubble Koppe presents: VAULT ACCESS - Cape Town’s Most Popular Nike's: Part 1

The “Michigan” Colourway is a legend on the streets of Cape Town. Wildly popular even today, it is considered one of the most technologically advanced Nike cross-trainers of all time it was the first Nike training shoe to feature a full length air max sole and also the first to feature sonic wielding (pre-cursor to hyperfuse). The Total Max Pillar is a true gem in the Total Air (TL Air) line that dominated 1998.

Jack Lemkus x Bubble Koppe presents: VAULT ACCESS - Cape Town’s Most Popular Nike's: Part 1

3. Nike Air Total Max Uptempo (1997)

Sport: Basketball (NBA)

Endorsed by: Reggie Miller (Non Signature)

Designer: Eric Avar 

Retro: 2009

Nicknames: Volt Uptempo’s

Colourway: Black / Neon Yellow “Volt”

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Made famous by NBA Indiana Pacers’ 3-Point shooting legend No. 31 Reggie Miller, it was also seen on the feet of San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan & a UNC college playing future slam dunk superstar Vince Carter.

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4. Nike Air Max Griffey GD II (2001)

Sport: Baseball (MLB)

Endorsed by: Ken Griffey (Signature)
Designer: Tracy Teague

Retro: 2010

Nicknames: G6’s

Colourway: Black/Comet Red

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A gem of Nike’s Alpha Project, these signatures combined the most high tech materials as well as a full length Air Max sole. Released during his time with MLB’s Cincinnati Reds.

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5. Nike Air CB34 II (1996)

Sport: Basketball (NBA)

Endorsed by: Charles Barkley (Signature)

Designer: Wilson Smith III

Retro: 2011, 2016

Nicknames: Barkley’s

Colourway: White/Orange/Dark Concord

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Worn by Charles Barkley aka ‘Sir Charles’ in the 1995/1996 Season with the dominant Phoenix Suns. A must have for any Barkley fan and a timeless Nike Basketball classic. These classics were inspired by Charles Barkley’s menacing teeth, it was designed by Wilson Smith III the same man that designed the Air More Uptempo. 

Jack Lemkus x Bubble Koppe presents: VAULT ACCESS - Cape Town’s Most Popular Nike's: Part 1