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Vince Carter’s Puma Cell Origin Mid Shoes

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The first sneaker Vince Carter laced up in an NBA regular season game was the Puma Cell Origin Mid.

This occurred on February 5, 1999 in a lockout-shortened season. Many of Vince’s early highlights happened while wearing this sneaker, which was a staple in Carter’s rookie season.

The shoe utilized leather on the upper, a commonality amongst all basketball shoes in the ’90s. The namesake Cell technology is created with blow-molded TPU (plastics) configured in a pattern of hexagonal cells. This helped provide shock absorbance that was similar to Nike Air.

The Puma Cell Origin Mid is currently unavailable at retailers.

Cover image via Sole Collector

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