Year Introduced: 1988

Tinker Hatfield's first Air Jordan may well stand as his best. The III introduced Visible Air, elephant print and the Jumpman to the Air Jordan line, all of which are still signifiers to this day. As the story goes, Jordan was somewhat dissatisfied with Nike at the time in part due to the departure of some of his most-trusted execs, and it was Hatfield and the III that kept him in the fold. If that is indeed the case, no single sneaker has ever had as large an impact on the sporting landscape.