Alphonzo Rawls signature model, Kastel Shoes, 1996
Photograph By TWS
In the mid-'90s, destiny called, and Rawls was approached by a burgeoning footwear company, Kastel, that was looking to launch its line with a young pro. "They called me and asked me if I wanted a signature shoe and to represent their brand," he says. "It sounded like an offer that was too good to pass up, so I took it, and that opportunity gave me the chance to design my signature shoe."