PRO-Keds was introduced to the world in 1949 by George Mikan, basketball's original Big Man. Mikan's formidable style of play challenged the fundamental concepts of the game - so much so that the rules were changed because of him. And his challenger spirit brought results: PRO-Keds took Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships in the 40's and 50's. The team is remembered as much for its humility and integrity as for its dominant victories. In the decades that followed, PRO-Keds became a symbol of quiet confidence, a conviction that simplicity is the purest form of sophistication.