2. Reebok Pump

Year released: 1989 

Paul Litchfield's innovation with the Pumps helped Reebok go neck and neck with Nike for a few years. The shoe was the first to feature The Pump mechanism, and the orange basketball on the tongue became just as much of a status symbol as the Jumpman when they first dropped. You couldn't find a playground without them and having "The Human Highlight Film" Dominque Wilkins defy gravity in them during the '90 Dunk Contest wasn't a bad introduction to a true classic.