Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 at 1:44 pm  |  30 responses

BB4, In The MF’ing House (Of Hoops)

It’s OK to call it a comeback.

by Chris O’Leary

Great news this morning from Footlocker, who’s announcing that the BB4, the shoe that Vince Carter made famous, will be retroed as a House of Hoops exclusive on April 18.

Nike Shox BB4 retro

A little Sole Searching fun-fact: when these shoes originally dropped in 2000, I picked up the white/black patent models for a whopping 250 Cdn bucks. And I went half a size up, based solely on the fear that if I didn’t buy the shoes right then and there at that moment, they’d pass me by. It’d be the white/concord Jordan XI all over again. Six months later I saw the shoes on sale for under $150. Broke. My. Heart.

You know the significance of this shoe, and so does Fred Weiss.

The original boing dunk got me thinking about some of the great ads that the Swoosh put together for VC and the BB4 back in the day. Check those out here.

And just for good measure, this VC Hooptown ad that I’d somehow never seen:

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  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Fresh. The Boing revolution was. The Warren Sapp commercial was memorable.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Man, I loved those shoes.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    SWEET. I’LL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO GET THEM IN THE HOUSE OF HOOPS. Oh thank god. for ONCE I have a chance. I remember when you unveiled the KryptoNates to us, I was so angry to not live in NY. Hello wallet, meet footlocker :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    The ads were good, and Vince was great. But these shoes never did nothing for me.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Here’s the video you need to post:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    The shoes, Black and Red, DOPE. Man that is the greatest dunk of hsitory. Him and Garnett just yelling at each other. Vince man … good times!!

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    it’s all about the right colorways. http://twitpic.com/2nb41

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens Borges

    best b-ball shoes ever. performance wise. at least to me… great ads too

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    i cant believe it happened, i have to look at it again. RIGHT over TOP of him!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They were my favorite performance basketball shoes ever, too. Plus, except for the Shox columns themselves, the design was delightfully understated. If any shoe needs a wider re-release, it’s these.

  • Pic

    GP’s just awesome. NBA Gametime tonight g’yeah!

  • thesubwayconnection

    Yeah, those GP ads were hilarious.

  • http://www.DreAllDay.com Dre Baldwin

    This is my fav bball shoe EVER!!!

  • Migs

    They need to retro the Shox Stunners. Now those were dope shoes.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    “he jumped OVER his HEAD”.
    Nuff said.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    been wearing Shox since late 2000. Bought ALL regular models though i never liked the VC-Shox line (only had the bb4 beauty). Favourite Model? Last year’s model, the ones Maxiell still loves wearing. Recently made the switch to HD’s and i love em, but still got the latest Shox in reserve, in case the famed “lunar foam degradation” sets in. Are the Bb4′s gonna be released in the sydney gold medal game colour? (blue/gold)?

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    anyone know how i can set hands on Ray Ray’s dope air Jordan XI’s in white/gold, the St.Paddy’s exclusives? Shirt of contracting a cat burglar to get ‘em from the Shuttlesworth crib, that is?

  • nate the great

    i have a pair of vc tripple shocks.
    i bought them for 30$ in the back of a suburu

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Ryan that video/dunk was ridiculous. I can’t believe its got less than 500 views. WOW. Great find.

  • Big Marv

    Yesss!!!! New school classic!! Need a pair. I remember seeing boxes of these sneakers in a sportshop in London a couple of summers ago, came back in afternoon, all gone. Need a pair just to make up for that.

  • matt the jazz fan

    great, great link.
    Prettiest nastiest in-game alleyoop I’ve ever seen.

  • Cizzo

    Nike need to reinforce the Shox design they always seem to perform up to my standards, how about a Hypershox. Knowing Nike I problably get my wishes.

  • Basketball Carriere

    Horray for the return of the monkey paw, I love the support of these shoes.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    they still look as ugly as they did then as they do now.

  • ab_40

    i got them in black white and blue I played on em till well I got the new model shox from my team haha but these shoes were nice. I remember just before they came out we could test them at a local basketball event we could play till 5 3 on 3 well we played about 20 games or so on them haha ah good times…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I just went down memory lane (and google) to see just how much i loved giving Nike money for regular Shox shoes over the years. A list of all Shox i owned, and the very few that got away, favorites from top to bottom:

    Shox Status: simple, comfy and very responsive
    Shox Testify: only one i bought in 3 colours. superb fit (Maxiell still wears ‘em)
    Shox elevate: i had one pair, & nearly went mental chasing after more. LOVED the look.
    Shox Limitless: unrollable, first Nike ID’s (my nickname and no. on those drove teammates and opponents wild, back in europe)
    Shox BB4: iconic cause of Vince. average fit
    Shox Leaper: gorgeous in pure black. sadly nearly as bad as the Hyperflight for killing your ankles.
    Shox Jumpoffs: 2nd ID shoe, they wobbled QUICK
    Shox Slam: 08/09 model, a bit clunky. Switched to Hyperdunks.
    Others i had but didn’t enjoy:
    Bomber, Up’s, Elite II TB (How Camby can keep wearing that unsafe shoe is beyond me), certified (loved JET in em, me in them? not so much).
    The one’s i’m glad got away: Spotlight (strange) & Stunner’s (even stranger)
    The WORST fitting Shox of all time: Shox Lethal (nomen est omen)
    The ONE that i wanted so bad and were gone in a flash: Shox Xplosion. worn by Lamar during his Miami days. LOVED that shoe, never could find them.
    Looking forward to the Shox Vision this summer. Looks like a winner in the pics. Might like the Hyperdunks right now, but nothing beats them Shox. Right Mr’s Prince, Mydyess, Powe, Kirilenko, Maxiell, B-Miller, Carter?

  • Waylonakolipse

    I was a fan of the VC3′s remember those? I’d buy those if they got retro’ed for sure. For ball they’re in my top 5 with Jordan XVIIs, Jordan XVIIIs, Kobe IVs, and the Air Max Uptempo’s 1996-97.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/NBACinema Fender Trabai

    Yo the last video on the bottom is mine. thanks for finding my videos!!!!

  • N I R V A N A

    man, I remember having these pair when I was on 6th grade,it was a gift from my momma, I had to choose between the bb4′s and the jordan 16′s that time and I chose the bb4, I sort of regret choosing it over the 16′s but they are great ball shoes and very comfortable too…

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