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Vince Carter’s Puma Cell Origin Mid Shoes

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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