Of course, the modern-day internet folklore has come to focus on the And 1 Tai Chi and the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors star and at the time, one of the most exciting players in the game laced up a red and white pair, which solidified the And1 Tai Chi as one of the most storied sneakers of the modern era. In 1999 when the And1 Tai Chi originally released, retail was $75. Thinking back about other shoes in the era, Foamposites, Jordans, etc., the price point and lightweight design made the shoes one of the most competitive shoes on the market. Add to that a color scheme that seems to look good in nearly every color combination, it’s no wonder the Tai Chi is making a come back in 2015.
Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with nearly 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector and Sneaker News. Helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, and StockX better connect with their consumers. He’s an avid San Francisco Giants fan, Allen Iverson fan, and owns way too many sneakers for his own good.