1993 - Nike Air Force Max

Notable player: Charles Barkley 

Nike's visible Air units were a must on the courts in the early '90s. The Air Force Max were donned by the likes of Sir Charles in the league (and a few punks at Michigan in baggy shorts) as he punished his competition en route to his first Finals appearance — of course Jordan and company ruined the ending. The nubuck leather and thick outsole on the kicks were mad durable, and the midfoot strap made you look tough — dunking on fools didn't hurt either.