Nike — The Waffle Sole

Sneaker Shown: Nike Waffle Trainer

Year: 1974

If it wasn't for Bill Bowerman's experimentation with his wife's waffle iron, the avant-garde, grippy waffle sole of the Nike (then Blue Ribbon) Waffle Trainer would have never came to be. Without the Waffle Trainer, the explosive growth of Blue Ribbon/Nike may not have happened. Without Nike's proliferation, there may not have been a Nike Air Jordan signature line or any other Nike sneaker that we now have the pleasure of enjoying. We know, you get the gist.