Putting on for your city is hard enough, but imagine putting on for your country. That heavy burden was placed on U.S. athletes at this year's Olympics, and the task of outfitting them fell on the shoulders of many companies—but most of all Nike, who not only had to gear them up for the field, but also the medal stand. The 21st Century windrunner and bright Flyknits instantly became iconic when draped over athletes like Michael Phelps and the Team USA basketball team.
Nike kept the heat coming, celebrating the Dream Team's 20th anniversary with clothes like a commemorative Destroyer Jacket and a slew of sick footwear. They also continued their collaboration with Undercover's Jun Takahashi, dropping an enviable Gyakusou collection in the spring. Even NSW items like the Chambray Laser Parka looked awesome, and their continued mix of high-end materials and athletic silhouettes won over numerous fans.