Nike Air Penny 1 (1995) - Black/White/Royal Blue &
Fila Grant Hill 1 (1995) - White/Navy
I remember liking Penny Hardaway over Grant Hill as far as players (and their uniforms) came, but I initially preferred Hill’s shoe over Penny’s. Now, I feel completely opposite about them. The Hill’s reminded me of the Jordan IX’s, which felt familiar by then. The Penny’s provided a completely new look with new materials in the piping trim and tongue. Even the way the heel webbing was horizontal was funky. The midsole wrapped wing of the Penny’s stunned me, but I understood the functional idea behind it.
As a kid I was still wearing my brother’s VII’s, but these both affected my taste in sneakers and gave me an idea of what was to come. These players were going to be the new generation leading the league without Michael Jordan (since he first retired in ‘93). Penny looked like someone who could really be compared to Magic Johnson, and Grant Hill did more for his team than anyone since Michael Jordan. These guys were also two of the hottest cards to collect in ‘94-95. Unfortunately, both players had injuries change their legacies forever.