In 1971 adidas approached Kareem with his own signature sneakers which many believe to be the first instance of a player receiving his own namesake sneaker since the famous Chuck Taylor. Although Kareem achieved this landmark accomplishment in sneaker history with adidas, he did not stick with them throughout his whole career. He moved on to Pro-Keds a few years later, went back to adidas, and was also seen wearing Converse and LA Gear during his final years with the Lakers. Here are a few ads from the 1970’s. Many of the original Kareem joints were manufactured in France.