Original Release: 1996
The Air Jordan XI stands as Tinker Hatfield's greatest achievement. When the rest of Nike assumed Michael Jordan was done with the NBA for good, Hatfield thought otherwise. Told to abandon the Air Jordan, he continued work on what would become the Air Jordan XI, taking inspiration from a lawnmower (for the tough patent leather) and dress shoes alike. And when higher-ups balked at the style, he invoked the name of MJ himself, telling them they could take it up with him. They didn't. Thankfully. For them.