Expensive? Yes. Outlandish? Absolutely. Necessary? No doubt. While consumers debated the street worthiness of the patent-leather Air Jordan XI, Sergio Lozano's Air Max took center stage. It helped that the first colorway - a dark-to-light grey gradient accented with neon green - would become the definitive one, and that the model introduced Nike's heel-to-toe Air Max to running. Previous high-priced runners didn't necessarily look expensive, the Air Max was unmistakably high-end. This was the on-foot status symbol of the mid-'90s.