Year Of Release: 1999
Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci is finally preparing to drop his Air Force 1 collection with Nike. But that's old hat to Junya Watanabe, who's been designing athletic sneakers for a while. In 1999 he worked on a Nike Zoom Haven, an eccentric trainer that's unlikely to see a retro any time soon. It proved that high-fashion or menswear designers weren't too cool to design a performance sneaker. It also showed the obvious intersection between fashion and sneaker culture, which is ever too apparent now. If it weren't for Watanabe crashing down barriers, it's tough to see Nike unveiling the Hyperfeel during New York Fashion Week—even though it's a serious athletic sneaker with an avant garde design ethos.