1996 - Nike Air Jordan XI IE
It took a while, but the Air Jordan XI - worn by Michael Jordan starting in the 1995 NBA Playoffs - eventually took its place in the Air Jordan pantheon. The low-cut version was a different story. Not the patent lows, those came later. The first lows were the "IEs," which featured elephant print along with huge cutouts for ventilation, something of a proto-Hyperfuse. They'll never be considered on the same level as their patent big brothers, but in the summer of '96 these were an indispensable part of the uniform.