Year Introduced: 1995

When Michael Jordan retired, no one wanted to believe it was final - least of all Tinker Hatfield, who dutifully continued designing the Air Jordan line despite the directives of Nike higher-ups. And it's a good thing that he did, or else the Air Jordan XI may have never happened. Hatfield took inspiration from a lawnmower and added a patent leather rand for both protection and flash. A clear outsole revealed a full-length carbon springplate - a Nike first - and ballistic mesh complemented the patent leather perfectly.