Year Released: 1982

Despite the existence of numbered successors, the Air Force 1 wasn’t named as such because it was intended to be the first of a line. After all, the Air Force 2 wasn’t introduced until four years later. Bruce Kilgore’s basketball shoe was actually named after the President’s airplane — appropriate enough for a flagship product. The first Air Force 1 featured mesh side panels and a smooth leather vamp, and was only available in white and grey. Thirty years later, it’s a not just a shoe, it’s a way of life.