Year Released: 1982

This shoe was a bold strike in so many ways. Nike was created as more or less a direct response to adidas’s monopoly over the running market, and the German company rarely acknowledged the American upstarts. The Beaverton-based company was making inroads, sure, but to pay them mind would have been to enter the fray. So when adidas hired a former University of Oregon runner — one of Bowerman’s own men — Bill Dellinger, and utilize his patented “Dellinger Web” on a running shoe CALLED the Oregon, there was no doubt that the challenger had made an impact.