I’ve been thinking SLAM should have a real book on shelves almost as long as I’ve worked here (16 years and counting). After many fits and starts, and with the major assistance of RLR Associates, Source Interlink Media and Rizzoli International Publications, we finally got it done. Don’t be scared by the alphabet soup of corporations behind the scenes, though. At its heart, these essays, descriptions and pictures of the best basketball shoes ever are like SLAM and KICKS on steroids—written, edited and designed by the same folks who have made us your favorite magazines. Only this time, it’s on 208 thick pages. Roll through the gallery below to enjoy a little taste of what’s inside, then go cop the real thing!—Ben Osborne, Editor