In the era where the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers ruled the on-court NBA landscape, the high-top sneaker was ubiquitous around the league.
Style and what was viewed as superior ankle support was the basic standard, leaving low top kicks in the dust. When Nike created the low-top Kobe IV, the sneaker landscape quickly changed. Suddenly, low-tops were fashionable while offering proper support and players around the NBA took notice and the sea change slowly began.
For more on this change in NBA style and how superstars in the league have taken to low-tops since 2008, check out the Champs Sports blog.