With NFL season slowly coming to an end (we write this just after the Championship Games, where the Eagles and Chiefs have advanced), the global American Football audience is pre-sleeping, stocking-up fridges and snack boxes for the once-a-year highlight named: SUPER BOWL. Sure, while some are pumped for Patrick Mahomes squaring up with Jalen Hurts in Arizona at Super Bowl LVII, there has been equally much talk about the importance of the event on a pop cultural stage, from minute-long advertisings with your favorite movie stars too, you guessed it, the Half Time Show. While we don’t know what Rihanna will wear, SNS has traveled back in time to check out, which was the best sneaker moment at past Super Bowls.
Adam Lavine in Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott
In 2019, Maroon 5 headlined Super Bowl LIII Half Time with a pop and rap-infused performance that hyped the sneaker world. The pop star wore the then-unreleased Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott with reversed Swoosh. The anticipated sneaker at that time was teased by many, but an appearance at the Super Bowl got it to the next stage and made it even more desirable. Made with a leather upper that featured Dark Mocha overlays, the high-top Air Jordan 1 has a hidden stash pocket in the collar and a reversed Swoosh.
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Travis Scott in Air Jordan 6 “Travis Scott”
During the Maroon 5 performance at Super Bowl LIII, Travis Scott joined the band from Los Angeles (after a historic SpongeBob intro) to perform his uber hit Sicko Mode. While many were still in awe with Adam Lavine’s sneaker choice, Travis himself teased the then-rumored AJ6 in Medium Olive, an until then, just rumored-to-be-released pair with an exterior stash pocket.
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Big Boi wearing Air Jordan 3 “Oregon Ducks” PE
And then there was Big Boi. The Atlanta OG, also a guest to the Maroon 5 Half Time Show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, did not disappoint when it comes to sneaker moments at the SB. His Player Exclusive, almost impossible-to-get, Jordan 3 Tinker was originally only given to a handful of chosen ones from the University of Oregon’s football team, staff, and alumni. Dipped in signature green with grey Elephant Print overlays, this AJ3 Tinker features the Oregon “O” logo on the heel, designer Tinker Hatfield’s signature on the inside of the tongue, and contrasting Jumpman embroidery on the tongue.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea in adidas Crazy 8 “Lakers”
When Red Hot Chili Peppers took over the main stage at Super Bowl XLVIII as a special guest with Bruno Mars, the sneaker world took a quick breather when Flea was wearing the adidas Crazy 8 “Lakers.” The eye-catching sneaker was originally released in 1997 as Kobe’s signature sneaker, the KB8, but after leaving the brand, they renamed it Crazy 8. While many will remember the performance negatively because of missing cables and prerecorded audio, we remember Flea’s bold footwear!
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Eminem at Super Bowl LVI wearing his own Air Jordan 3 Super Exclusive Pair
Eminem is no stranger to hard-to-get sneakers, especially his own creations with the Jumpman have been giving headaches to many who ever wanted to own a pair. During his Super Bowl appearance in 2022, he was sporting another Air Jordan 3 PE, paying homage to his alter-ego Slim Shady. Similar to the original “Fire Red” AJ3, this special edition featured his reversed “E” logo embroidered on the tongue, “Hi, my name is” sticker-like branding on the heel and an icy semi-translucent rubber outsole. Will we ever see this pair again? Probably not, so just enjoy this picture.
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