1994 - Nike Air Maestro

Notable players: Toni Kukoc, Sam Cassell, Horace Grant, Robert Horry, Chris Dudley  

The weapon of choice for damn near everyone in the pros and at the college level, the shoe was every bit as ahead of its time even if it wasn't an aesthetic masterpiece. Nothing fancy to the materials — just a nubuck upper, maximum breathability, and (relatively) feathery weight was on the feet of battle-tested warriors for a reason.