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With the NCAA Tournament kicking off as we speak, it was only right that we created a sneaker bracket of our own.  But as you may have noticed with our features here on Kicks on Fire, we don’t like to play it safe. At the end of the day, we might come to the same conclusion as many other people, but we’re going to have some fun in the process.  Kind of like the actual NCAA Tournament; there will be unexpected twists and turns, buzzer beaters and emotional moments, but at the end of the day, the cream always rises to the top (“Macho Man” Randy Savage voice).

So with that in mind, I gave the monumental responsibility of the Kicks Madness bracket over to our distinguished interns, Joe Sherman and Lea Turgeon.  I would not have given the reigns of this special edition of Clash of the Kicks over to them if I didn’t think they could handle it and entertain me as I’m editing their stuff entertain the audience.  After having seen the hard work they put into this, I think there’s only two words that captures this shining moment: you’re welcome.

Anyways, with that in mind, I turn it over to Joe (with notes from me in parenthesis), who will be explaining how the match-ups will work:

Over the last four decades we’ve seen a tremendous evolution in basketball shoes.  We all remember seeing the old highlight tapes of Dr. J floating effortlessly through the air in his Daisy Dukes (Catherine Bach is not amused – Juan) and Converses.  Could you image that now? Picture LeBron barreling down the lane in a pair of high top Chuck Taylors.  No chance.  Basketball shoes now have features that were unimaginable then.  Some features include reflective 3M technologies throughout the upper, glow-in-the-dark soles, and electrical components that can measure how high your vertical jump is.  But does evolution necessarily mean better?  Inspired by March Madness, fellow intern Lea Turgeon and I have assembled a bracket of the top 64 basketball shoes from the 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, and preset day.  I’ll be in charge of the 80’s and present day sneakers while Lea will anchor the 90’s and 2000’s.  We will challenge the theory of evolution and argue which decade produced the Greatest Basketball Shoe of All Time.  Who do you think will reign supreme? Will it be the pioneers and innovators of the 80’s and 90’s? Or will Yeezy finally jump over the Jumpman (like that one time it really did – Juan)? Stay tuned.

Tournament Honorable Mentions: Obviously these shoes have great resumes and were considered for spots in the tourney, but they were eventually dismissed. What’s a bracket without controversy anyways?

Air Jordan 8, Air Jordan 14, Reebok Kamikaze, adidas Real Deal II, Nike Air Pippen II, Nike Zoom Flight ’98 “The Glove”, Air Jordan 13, adidas TMAC 3, Jordan Melo M9, Nike Air Max LeBron 7, Nike Air Garnett III, Reebok Pump D-Time, Nike Air Zoom Flight 5, Air Jordan 17, Reebok Shaq Attaq IV (Insta Pump), and Air Jordan 13 “He Got Snubbed” haha get it (haha, and this is why we brought Joe in – Juan)?

Seeding: The top 64 shoes were not solely ranked based on performance. We took into account style, technology, cultural impact, historical moments, and signature athletes these shoes were created for. Objective? No no, subjectivity definitely played a role, folks.

Collect your thoughts, anger (direct these comments to Joe and Lea – Juan), and swag and let’s get to the round of 64. Kicks Madness 2013 starts now!