19. Nike Air Footscape

Year: 1995

Taking people well out of their comfort zones, 1995 was a progressive year for Nike with the Rift, the latest Air Max iteration and this. Asymmetric lacing was nothing brand new on a running shoe — Nike had played with it a decade prior and Converse had used it too — but Footscape was about far more than that; the bizarre shape of these sneakers mimicked the foot fully. The Stasis variation (FS rather than fully-fledged Footscape) took it down to something more lightweight and conventional, but the original was a shock to the system. Kids in Asia got it immediately and as with the Rift, fashion tribes picked up on it quick too, with pairs shifting at some heavy duty markups. A strange and beautiful shoe.