Year Introduced: 1973

Bill Bowerman famously destroyed his wife's waffle maker (and eventually his health) experimenting with different traction patterns, and the Nike Waffle Racer - a track spike without the spikes - was one of his greatest achievements. Before the advent of the Cortez and the extra-cushioned heel (which paved the way for Air Max and Shox), Bowerman crafted sleek runners that are perfectly suited to today's minimalist trends. The coach was always ahead of his time.