1998 - Nike Zoom Flight 98
What do you do when the underpinnings of a shoe get too techy for the average consumer? If you're Eric Avar, you cover up all of your carefully laid-out detailing with a shroud. Hey, engine builders don't expect their work to be visible at all times, either. Gary Payton's signature shoe in all but name, the Zoom Flight 98 aka "The Glove" showed that it was possible to create a highly functional shoe, yet still present it in a clean package. Sneaker design would drift away from this ideal, only to come back full circle over a decade later.