Nike Brought Back One of Charles Barkley’s Most Famous Sneakers

Charles Barkley
1995: Phoenix Suns forward Charles Barkley reacts after a missed Houston Rockets free throw during the NBA WC Finals in Houston, Tex.
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Today’s NBA fans might be familiar with Charles Barkley from his hilarious antics on “NBA on TNT,” but Nike’s making sure that hoops fans don’t forget Sir Charles’ storied sneaker legacy on the court.

Nike Sportswear, the division of the Swoosh that specializes in retro and lifestyle product, just reissued Barkley’s Air Max CB 34 sneakers in their original “Phoenix Suns” (aka “Godzilla”) colorway.

Nike Air Max CB 34 Nike Sportswear has reissued Charles Barkley’s Air Max CB34 signature shoe in the original “Phoenix Suns” colorway. Courtesy of brand

The mid-’90s basketball sneakers feature a black upper composed of leather and nubuck, with teeth-like white accents across the midsole, white branding, and touches of purple on the forefoot strap, tongue, and heel.

Nike Air Max CB 34 One of the Nike Air Max CB 34’s defining features is its outsole branding, which reads “Sir Charles.” Courtesy of brand

The outsole of the Nike Air Max CB 34 has what is arguably the sneaker’s most defining feature — a scrawl reading “Sir Charles” in orange across both shoes.

Nike Air Max CB 34 CB 34 branding appears on the tongue and insole of the Nike Air Max CB 34. Courtesy of brand

This Nike Air Max CB 34 colorway was originally released in 1995 and was last seen during a retro release in 2007. This particular style has been nicknamed “Godzilla,” a reference to a famous Nike commercial starring Charles Barkley from 1992.

The retro Charles Barkley shoe can be found now on and select Nike Sportswear retailers nationwide, retailing for $140.

Nike Air Max CB 34 The Nike Air Max CB 34 has been nicknamed “Godzilla” in reference to a famous early ’90s Nike commercial starring Charles Barkley. Courtesy of brand
Nike Air Max CB 34 The Nike Air Max CB 34 features a supportive strap across the forefoot. Courtesy of brand
Nike Air Max CB 34 The Nike Air Max CB 34 features visible Air Max cushioning at the heel. Courtesy of brand

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