In 1972, Nike created its first pair of basketball shoes – little did they know, they would change the history of Basketball forever. Even before then, the company were designing sport shoes that quickly gained popularity all over the world. Their most famous models have been present in moments of sporting greatness, and the brand continues to pay homage to those occasions.

Here we have compiled the most famous and recognised shoes in Nikes history:

May 2, 1962: Bill Russell as excellence of this sport: 30 points and 40 rebounds in the 7th game of the final

June 7, 1978: Wes Unseld taking off a weight from the front of the ring and with a Converse Star Player Ox at his feet

May 11, 1980: Julius Erving rising creatively to the sky with his Converse All-Stars

May 31, 1983: Moses Malone as one of the Original Six that used the AF1 on the court

 June 6, 1984: Kevin McHale demonstrating his mettle with Converse Fastbreaks on his feet

June 11, 1993: Scottie Pippen with an Air Maestro II ‘Trifecta’ to become the 12th player to get a triple triple in a final match

June 14, 1998: Michael Jordan + Jordan XIV = his sixth championship and his sixth MVP of the finals

June 13, 2004: Rasheed Wallace marking the fate of the Lakers along with AF1 High

April 30, 2006: Kobe Bryant wearing a Kobe 1 and destroying the Phoenix

May 31, 2007: discovering LeBron James (and the LeBron Soldier 1)

October 7, 2011: Maya Moore consolidating among the best players of the WNBA

June 6, 2012: Kevin Durant announcing his arrival in the world of basketball next to a KDIV

June 18, 2013: Ray Allen and his triple immortal wearing Jordan XX8

June 10, 2014: Kawhi Leonard as the bright future of the Spurs