Significant Sneakers: Nike Hyperdunk, Nike Zoom Kobe IV, Nike Zoom LeBron VI, Reebok Answer XII "Invictus"

Olympic years have traditionally been years of significant sneaker innovation, dating all the way back to when Jesse Owens put a hurtin' on the Aryan ideal back in 1936. The 2008-09 NBA season saw the pro introduction of Nike's innovative Hyperdunk, which launched both Lunar Foam and Flywire technologies into the basketball conscience. And while some signature shoes had reached evolutionary dead ends, most notably the fncing-inspired Air Jordan 2009 and the Reebok Answer XII, the low-cut Nike Zoom Kobe IV was re-breaking old ground. The burly LeBron VI, which evoked the original Air Force I, would soon get a much-needed re-up with some of the Hyperdunk's innovations.