Year Introduced: 1979

Designed with input from former All-Star Rick Barry, the Top Ten was named for the roster of NBA players who wore them - allegedly the 10 best players in the NBA (but, um, not really). But to quibble with the name is to miss the overall point, that the Top Ten was an amazing shoe, especially at the tail end of the '70s. The suede toe reinforcement was a nod to the past, but the rest of the design was pure future.