1998 - Nike Zoom Flight '98

Notable player: Gary Payton  

GP are you with me? Why not wrap a shroud around an entire shoe? Back in vogue now thanks to sneakers like the Air Jordan XX8, this was ridiculously daring in '98. For Gary Payton's 1998 Playoff shoe, designer Eric Avar built up a high-tech chassis, complete with Zoom Air cushioning and a "monkey paw" anti-inversion device, then covered it all up with either a black nylon or white synthetic leather cover. Car inspirations have always been popular in the sneaker world, and this took it to a whole 'nother level. So, who's ready for these to make their comeback this year? We thought so.