1990 - Nike Air Jordan V
The Air Jordan V, inspired in part by the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, took the line off in a whole new direction and laid the groundwork for the next decade of basketball shoes. An assymmetrical ankle collar provided support only where it was needed, while a reflective 3M tongue provided untold amounts of on- and off-court flash. The grip was traditional herringbone, presented in untraditional clear rubber. Nearly 25 years on, these still look new.