Michel Jordan’s “flu shoes” sold for an insane $104,765 late last year at an auction. Vince Carter isn’t Michael Jordan and the dunk contest isn’t the NBA Finals and a 360 windmill isn’t a game winner but for a few thousand dollars you can own the sneakers the best dunker of all-time (sorry Mike) wore when he put on the best dunk contest performance ever (sorry Mike) in 2000.
The custom And1 Tai Chi sneakers are signed by Vince and also says “2000 Slam Dunk Champ!!!” on them.
If you are interested in owning a piece of history then click here and start bidding (with 24 hours left the current bid is at $3k with a reserve not met)
Ebay Description from Seller mama-cheer06
I have confirmed with AND 1 that these were the only pair of Tia Chi, Red and White colorway shoes manufactured in this size, and that were made for Vince Carter.
I obtained the shoes directly from Jim Stefano & Lloyd Pawlek at the Fleer Company. Fleer had Vince Carter under contract and received various game-used items that were to be cut up and placed in trading card products. I received the shoes in 2001 from Jim and Lloyd at Fleer in exchange for autographs that I provided them from various NBA players that I knew for the Greats of the Game product line.
The shoes have been stored in an air-tight glass case in a smoke-free, shaded area and are in mint (game-worn) condition. They show very light wear from the game use, and have slight scuffing across the front toes and the rear heals as would be consistent with the amount of use these saw.
VINCE CARTER SNEAKER HISTORY
Vince originally was signed to Puma in 1998 but after his rookie of the year season he broke his contact in a press release stating that he was leaving the company and joining And1 who was in the process of picking up a lot of NBA players. Vince wore the And1 Tai Chi sneakers throughout the 99-00 season and at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest where he took the title of best contest dunker of all-time.
Puma then took Vince to court where a judge awarded Puma $13.5 million in damages (plus $1 million in lawyer fees) for breach of contract.
Nike came to the rescue in the summer of 2000 with a $30 million deal. Almost half of that, including a rumored $3 million to waive a three year injunction that prevented Vince from wearing a competitors shoe, went to Puma.
Nike then wasted no time promoting the most exciting player in the league with a series of Nike Shox commercials but their best advertisement came when Vince shocked the world by jumping over 7’2 Fredric Weis in his new Shox.
I bet the guy who buys the game worn contest sneakers would love to also own those Nike Shox.