5. adidas Stan Smith
Originally Released: 1965
I might be wrong, but I am pretty confident that the Stan Smith is the first athletic shoe to ever have an athletes face printed on it. Forget a Jumpman, this was the original athlete logo. What is beautiful about this shoe though is how pure it is. It serves its function by providing all the necessary elements to be a great tennis shoe but instead of overbranding the Three Stripes that are synonymous with adidas, the stripes were subtly executed with perforations on the lateral and medial side. Which had to have been a very tough decision for adidas, as this was one of the shoes that helped usher the brand into America. The shoe has gone on to sell more then 23 million pairs and is a staple in the adidas line. There is no question that it's a silhouette that will live forever for them.