Lead Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Anyone who'd followed the Air Jordan line from the inception should have been used to Tinker Hatfield switching gears, but his jump from the minimalist Air Jordan VII to the plush VIII was like going straight from second to fifth. Where the Huarache-inspired VII subtracted all that was unnecessary, the VIII seemed to put it all back - and more. Cross-straps, a carpeted tongue patch, a heavily padded ankle area, it went against all the design principles established by its predecessor. Minimalism would eventually win out, but the outlier VIII remains beloved.