Year Released: 1986

Was it the name? Was it the endorsers? Was it the shoe itself? Whatever the case, the Converse Weapon was able to hold its own against the Jordan juggernaut of the mid-‘80s. Worn by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson (in basic black and white for Bird and garish Lakers purple and yellow for Magic) as well as fellow NBA stars Isiah Thomas and Bernard King, the Weapon was essentially the Nike Dunk writ large — a team shoe for NBA All-Stars. Converse’s patented Y-Bar system not only added support, but gave the sneaker its distinctive look.