COMPLEX just did a dope article on the Nike foamposites and the 20 things you don’t know about them, so check it out below:

When the Nike Foamposite One first dropped in 1997, it was like nothing anyone had ever seen before but people wore it in some impressive performances. The sleek $180 shoe had no Nike branding on the upper, save a small Swoosh near the toe, and the synthetic upper and prominent carbon plate gave the shoe a decidedly futuristic look, one that many sneaker designers still strive to achieve.

With interest in Foams that never ceases to fade, here are 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Nike Foamposite.

1. Nobody thought it was possible.

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Like all great sneaker stories, the naysayers were a plenty. The Foamposite was one of the most unbelievable designs, so it’s probabaly not a huge surprise that everyone from designers at Nike, all the way to manufacturers in China, said that it couldn’t be done when the original idea was presented.

2.The Foamposite was not designed for Penny Hardaway.

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Eric Avar didn’t design the Foamposite with Penny Hardaway in mind. If the apocryphal stories are true, it was originally intended for Scottie Pippen (no word on whether it then would have been called the “Foamposite 33”). But in a session with Penny, where he wasn’t moved by any of the other designs, he saw the Foamposite in Avar’s bag, and the rest was royal blue history.

3.It was inspired by a beetle.


Not the Volkswagen, but the little annoyances that wander around your garage, were actually part of the inspiration for the Foamposite’s aerodynamic features.

3.People thought it would ruin the footwear industry.

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The design of the Foamposite was so absurd compared to the traditional usage of leather and rubber that many people actually thought Nike would ruin footwear with the design. Fast forward 15 years and now nearly everything is made out of plastic-based materials. It hasn’t seemed to keep anyone from buying sneakers yet, either.

4.Daewoo was the company that made it happen.


 A number of companies were approached by Nike with the Foamposite concept. Many of them couldn’t come up with the correct formula to make it happen but Daewoo came through. Yep, the Korean company that makes TVs and cars were the ones behind your latest Foamposite purchase.

5.The upper of the Foamposite begins as liquid.


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If the sleek, logoless shoe itself wasn’t enough to pry your $180 (plus tax) from your wallet, maybe the T-1000 backstory was. In order to create the Foamposite One’s seamless upper, the “foam” material started as a liquid, which was then poured into molds. How does that add up to $180? Well, the molds weren’t cheap. Read on.

6.The perfect temperature is between 130 and 175 degrees.

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No, not to wear them. In case you were wondering, Foamposite material is created at a temperature range of 130-175 degrees Fahrenheit. If we see anyone melting down Foams on Youtube, though…

9.The original price of the Foamposite One was $180.


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So, this might be something you do know but there seems to be some serious confusion amongst the always knowledgable group of Internet sneaker blogs. We’re just going to clear the air, the Nike Air Foamposite One retailed for $180 when it first released and the Nike Air Foamposite Pro retailed for $170. Eastbay catalogs don’t lie, bruh.

11.Foamposites didn’t sell well at all.


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$180 price tags may be commonplace now, but back in 1997 that was a real jump. And when you put that price tag on a brand-new technology that doesn’t even feature the usual visible cues of “high-dollar” — like a Max airbag or a Jumpman — it’s gonna be a tough sell. Fortunately enough people stepped up to keep Foamposite in the line.

12.The NBA didn’t approve of the sneakers.


 The NBA said that the colorway wasn’t fit for the court because it didn’t have enough black to coincide with Penny’s Orland Magic uniform. Penny did what any sneakerhead would do, and busted out the Sharpie to fix the problem.

13. Penny Hardaway didn’t debut the Foamposite One.

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Mike Bibby first hit the court as an Arizona Wildcat wearing the Royal Foamposites on March 23 of 1997. That same day, Penny Hardaway laced up his Nike Air Penny IIs. It wouldn’t be until a few games later that Penny finally laced up the Foamposite One with his Orlando Magic uniform.

14.Penny Hardaway had white Foams 15 years before you.

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Penny Hardaway may not have been the first to wear his own signature shoe in a game, and he may have never worn them in an All-Star Game or NBA Finals, but at least he was getting exclusives before anyone else. The best part is that it’s been damn near 20 years and you STILL don’t have these.

15. The first player to wear Foamposites in an All-Star game was… Tim Duncan.

 In the 1998 game in NYC, Tim Duncan broke out the “Pearl” Nike Foamposite Pros, while Penny Hardaway wore his then-new Nike Air Penny IIIs. Too bad this was all before the hyper-vigilant sneaker blogosphere, or else Timmy’s image might have been a little different.

16.Only 150 pairs of the “Royal” Foams were available.


In Sweden, only 150 pairs of the initial Nike Air Foamposite One were released. The hype around sneakers wasn’t as crazy back then but Nike knew the limited numbers would help sell the wild new design.

17.The original molds were destroyed.


 Yep, there wasn’t a thought of any of the Foamposite models being re-released. Which proved to be costly, and probably has something to do with the price hike when Foams finally returned as a retro.

18.The phone number has been disconnected.

 One of the shoes to be featured in Nike’s simple – and brilliant – print ad campaign that simply showed a shoe on a white background with a Swoosh and a 1-800 number, the Foamposite One never looked better. Tragically, the phone number has been disconnected. We were hoping to get Lil Penny on the line, seeing that he still owes us for the dry cleaning from his Super Bowl party.

19.Foamposites became the ultimate takedown model.


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The Clogposite is one of the most unexpected sneakers ever created by Nike — who turns a $180 shoe into a slipper? But don’t try to front in your new camo Foams this weekend, the O.G.s been rockin’ digi camo Foams, son.

20.It was the first sneaker people were willing to trade their car for.


Crazy shit happens when the hype hits all time highs. This dude really tried to trade his car — with a full tank of gas, even — for Galaxy Foams. This can’t be life.