The Nike Air Max Penny 1 "Lil' Penny" returns
In an ode to the 90s OG sneakerheads out there, the Nike Air Max Penny 1 "Lil' Penny" returns to what is undoubtedly going to be applause. Nike reaches back into its archive after it announced the return of Penny Hardaway's first signature sneaker.
For those of you who may not know, the Air Penny is an integral part of Nike's basketball history. This signature sneaker was put together for one of the most freakishly gifted guards in the game's "Golden Era." Penny was a giant point guard who was as quick as his smaller counterparts. This shoe represented an accommodation to that skillset.
The Air Penny 1 returns as a reminder of the glorious designs in 90s basketball sneakers. This colorway, in particular, is a special ode.
The visuals may come across as your run of the mill patriotic scheme - mixing Red, White, and Blue - but it's a bit more than that. The scheme is actually a shout out to a mainstay in the world of shoe advertising.
Back when this shoe first released, one of the best things about it was the accompanying ad campaign. Those spots featured a miniature Penny Hardaway that was universally loved in the sneaker community: Lil' Penny.
For this release, Nike highlights the little guy through details such as the color combination and the "Pros 1/2" script on the back to signify the jersey worn by Hardaway's miniature counterpart.
With that chunky midsole and an overall shape that reminds us of the Air Jordan 12, it's hard to turn these down. The "Lil' Penny" version of this classic is sure to only help its appeal. Throw these on with just about any casual outfit for a comfortable blast from the past.
Available now, cop these before everyone else gets in on the nostalgia!