Everyone remembers the year that Michael Jordan introduced us to the first Air Jordan. That shoe would change an entire industry and set the sales of basketball shoes on fire. The colorful look of the original Air Jordan was like nothing ever seen before and set the basketball shoe industry into a frenzy.
To capitalize on the success of the Air Jordan and its unique look, other shoe companies brought out their version of the colorful shoe. One of the most notable was the Converse Weapons that Larry Bird and Magic Johnson wore in their famous dueling advertisements.
There is one more shoe from that era that tried to capitalize on the Air Jordan color craze that many may have forgotten, the Pony City Wing. The City Wing was a shoe that was very similar in design to the Air Jordan 1, but featured Pony's trademark chevron down the side. If you take a close look, the similarities are apparent. The City Wing came in several color combinations, but was best known for the red, white and black versions.
The most noteworthy Pony endorser was none other than Anthony "Spud" Webb. Spud Webb wore the low cut version of his City Wings during the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Competition. Spud elevated in his City Wings to capture the Slam Dunk Championship over teammate Dominique Wilkins that night. For one night, the City Wing ruled the basketball shoe world! Another Pony City Wing wearer was Orlando Woolridge of the Chicago Bulls.
The City Wing rode the wave created by the Air Jordan and is one of the more obscure members of the basketball shoe craze of the 1980's.