Known as one of the toughest in the game, it was during the 2004 NBA Finals that Wallace delivered the performance of a lifetime. After taking a sharp dig to the rib cage from Slava Medvendenko, he used his frustration and pain to push himself to all new heights. Wallace gave an admirable performance which allowed Detroit to take the lead over the Lakers.
That game is celebrated with the Air Force 1 High ‘Rude Awakening’ which features the tagline “Balls Don’t Lie” on the ankle straps. A clean shade of white is contrasted by eye-catching hits of blue which extend across the midsole as well as the Swoosh and tongue branding. A “16” logo planted on the inner tongue is a nod to the Larry O’Brien Trophy – only awarded to those who dominate across 16 games.