The Nike 1/2 Cent Eggplant hits and House of Hoops locations on Wednesday, October 20th.


The 1/2 cent is a rare example of a hybrid that may actually be more popular than most of its elements (only the Foamposite stands on equal or better footing). The shoe blends the Air Penny line 1-4 and the Foamposite, but took a new twist by making it a “puppet PE” for Lil’ Penny, instead of a PE for Penny Hardaway who had already retired. Lil’ Penny was a puppet used in Nike basketball commercials, with the voice of Chris Rock. Lil’ Penny gained enough notoriety to insert himself into the pop culture landscape, including a Blackstreet music video for “No Diggity,” a Billboard #1 hit in 1996. For more shots check the Gallery.