Year Introduced: 1971

Appropriate that the first signature basketball shoe was sported by a player who would span much of the NBA's history in his 20-plus year career. Kareem played against Wilt and he played against Jordan, and back when he was just getting started, adidas blessed him with a pro model that bore his name and likeness. That alone would have made it a significant shoe, but the fact is the leather and suede highs (and lows) would have been fresh even without Cap's face on the tongues.