I’ve been suffering from a lack of vertical jumping ability. Now I’m not saying I was once capable of doing helicopter dunks and I’ll quickly dispense with the “when I was young…. etc.” talk. But I was once able to throw it down. Hell I’m 6’3″ and any guy that tall should be able to dunk. So you can understand that it’s been frustrating, not being able to dunk the ball. Injuries, old age and a lack of trust in my body has limited my game to taking it to the basket and shooting jumpers.

Over the years there have been all sorts of ideas, contraptions and programs that claim to increase vertical leaping ability. Personally I’ve gone through a couple physical training programs and confess to sporting weighted ankles wraps and training with rubber “dynamic tension” bands. I’m a basketball junkie, and we’re always on the lookout for something to get up and around the rim. So it’s of little wonder that the legend of magic jumping shoes tempts me every few years. The story is pretty simple, and it goes something like this…a pair of “Magic Shoes” which allow one to jump higher and run faster…all without training. Some sort of magical spring, some super energy material or a special new mechanism is in the shoe that gets you up and jumping like Jordan.

Here’s a brief history of some of the greatest legends. (more…)