Sneaker: Nike Air Force 1
Nike introduced Air in the late '70s via the Tailwind, a running shoe, but one imagines the thought of putting it in a basketball shoe was there from the start. Vulcanized models like the Blazer and Bruin were veritable antiques, and it was up to designer Bruce Kilgore to work Frank Rudy's aerospace cushioning into a basketball silhouette. He did a bit more than that. Inspired by a lightweight hiking boot, Kilgore re-imagined the entire basketball hightop construct, and his Air Force 1 still stands as a pinnacle of functional design.
13. Basketball sneakers get Presidential.