Year Released: 1985

The moment was more significant than the sneaker — for the first time in their 80-year history, New Balance was giving an athlete a signature shoe. Even more unbelievably, the New England based company had chosen Los Angeles Laker forward James Worthy to be the recipient of said honor. The P740 was a great looking shoe, and it utilized all of New Balance's years of sneaker knowledge. Unfortunately the Worthy deal eventually soured New Balance on athlete endorsements, and the 740 hasn't been seen since.