2. Nike Zoom Kobe V
Where the Zoom Kobe IV leaned in the lowtop direction, the Kobe V was a full-on crossover. Nearly everything from the Kobe IV was done with the V, only better. It was lighter, lower and more fully realized than its predecessor, the difference between a feathered dinosaur and an actual bird. Even now, with the Kobe VIII on the not-so distant horizon, the V looks like the future.