4. Nike Air Jordan
Year Released: 1985
The Nike Air Jordan changed everything. For suburbanites, it marked the beginning of a new era in sneakers. For city dwellers and basketball shoe connoisseurs like Bobbito Garcia, it represented the end â€” digging and hunting for rare gems was about to be usurped by mass marketing and homogeneity. To be fair, the original Air Jordan was a step down, performance-wise, from earlier Nike basketball shoes like the Air Force 1 and the Air Ship. But as a piece of cultural iconography, it was unmatched. The entire modern-day sneaker game started here.