2012 - Nike LeBron 9 Elite 

Notable player: LeBron James 

Nike has done a great job doing more with less for their athletes after a grueling season, and the 2012 playoff kicks for LeBron might be the best ones yet (it's too early to call on the 2013s). The carbon fiber accents on the branding set them off and unlike the previous few seasons they didn't strip too much off the sneaker and make it look like another Hyper-whatever GR. The $250 pricetag was steep, but you get what you pay for — and these helped land 'Bron his first ring.