1. Kobe Bryant 

Brand move: adidas to Nike

Kobe Bryant's Feet You Wear adidas sneakers might be one of the most underrated runs in basketball shoe history and even his KOBE ONEs and TWOs were pretty sick, thanks to luxury vehicle inspiration. Too bad it all had to end there. He left adidas at the height of his powers, wore ridiculous Jordan player exclusives (along with just about everything else) while in limbo, then inked with Nike in 2004. Since then, all Kobe and his Innovation Kitchen team (word to Eric Avar) have done is more or less re-invent the basketball shoe.