Nike Air Max 1

Released: 1987
Complex Says: "Fresh off a trip back from Paris, France, the one and only Tinker Hatfield used his background as an architect to appreciate and translate the Centre Georges Pompidou into a form both sneakerheads and runners will always be grateful for. Realizing that air-cushioning technology was exceedingly difficult to explain, and that the air bag on what is now the Air Max 1 was getting so big that it was almost reaching the edge of the midsole, Tinker decided to leave the air bag totally exposed — reminiscent of the way the 'guts' of the Centre Pompidou are expressed. In this manner, the Nike Air Max 1 was revolutionary in letting your kicks 'do all the talking.'"