Significant Sneakers: Nike Hyperdunk 2012, Nike LeBron X, adidas Crazy Light 2, Nike Kobe 8, Nike KD V, adidas Crazy Fast

No time like the present - and how things have changed. The leather basketball shoe, introduced nearly 50 years ago, is almost extinct, replaced by exotic synthetics produced in lightweight layers. But while weight savings is the holy grail in basketball shoe design, a good number of players buck the trend by playing in a variety of sneakers from years past. Who says current technology is that much better? Unfortunately, the diversity only extends across eras, as Nike, Jordan and adidas have much of the NBA locked in.