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The 80 Greatest Sneakers of the '80s

52. Nike Air Flow

Year Released: 1989

Bruce Kilgore is most noted for the design of the Nike Air Force 1. However, his versatility and the breadth of his inspiration is apparent in 1989's Air Flow (which, we should add, gives Kilgore strong entries from both ends of the decade). The upper is extension of the Sockracer, Nike's original marathon shoe, and also set precedent for future designs ranging from the Huarache to the Presto. Functionality aside, the Air Flow also took to color like a fish to water. For this reason, it retains stellar casual applications too.

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