25 Sneaker Innovations We're Thankful For

Nike Zoom Air

Year Introduced: 1995

Known as "tensile Air" in its first incarnation, the lower-profile, more responsive airbag was later re-named "Zoom." Smart choice. Rather than just rely on air's cushioning properties, Zoom Air allows for a lower-to-the-ground feel and more immediate feedback. They could have called it "Min Air," but we're kind of glad they didn't.

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