Before his time with the swoosh, Vince Carter had a signature shoe with his first sneaker brand with the Puma Vinsanity.
Carter received a lucrative 10-year $50 million deal with the company signed during his rookie year in 1998. This deal would be terminated a year later however, as Vince grew tired of the delays for the Puma Vinsanity. After rocking the Puma Cell Origin and Cell VI for much of that year, Vince did eventually in the Vinsanity for a few games. Carter’s biggest moments to come would occur in other brands, though, including AND1 and Nike. Vince reportedly was supposed to rock the Puma Vinsanity for his epic 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but wore the AND1 Tai Chi instead.
After splitting with Puma, the Vinsanity was never released to the masses with pairs occasionally popping up on eBay. The Puma Vinsanity is currently unavailable at retailers.
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