I’ve been suffering from a case of slow and low jumping. I’m tragically limited to the ground. Now I’m not saying I was capable of doing helicopter dunks and I’ll quickly dispense with the “when I was young…. etc.” talk. I was once able to throw it down…hell I’m 6’3″ and any guy that tall should be able to dunk. Injuries, old age and a lack of trust in my body limits my present game to 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 will 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 a story of magic jumping shoes tempts me every few years. The legend is pretty simple, and it goes something like this…a pair of “Magic Shoes” allow one to jump higher….without training. Some sort of magical spring, super energy material or a special new gimick gets you up and jumping like Jordan.

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