Significant Sneakers: Air Jordan I, Nike Air Ship, Nike Air Force 1, Converse Pro Leather, Converse Pro Star, New Balance Pride 999, Nike Air Force 1, Puma Sky, Nike Sky Force, Converse Fast Break, Pony MVP, Converse Star Tech, New Balance Worthy 785, Spot-Bilt Hi Post

Depending on who you talk to, the original Air Jordan either created the sneaker game or destroyed it. For those of us who grew up in the suburbs, it was the former. Distinguishing the subtle differences between a general release and a player edition was difficult - IDing Mike's flamboyant signature sneaks was easy. And rather than overshadowing other sneakers, the Air Jordan brought all basketball footwear to greater prominence. Mike's old UNC teammate James Worthy finally got his name on some New Balances (though it wouldn't last), and fellow rookie Charles Barkley laced up his first pair of Nikes. Converse brought nylon to the court with Isiah Thomas's Fast Break, and Larry Bird put in his fifth straight season in his green Pro Canvas. The modern era of basketball sneakers started here - whether you like it or not.