Bruce Kilgore 

Company: Nike

Significant shoes: Nike Air Force 1, Air Jordan II, Sock Racer 

As we celebrate the 30th birthday of the Nike Air Force 1, we have this man to thank. Bruce Kilgore had the blueprint to one of the greatest basketball sneakers of the '80s and lifestyle sneakers of the 2000s. The sneaker was the first basketball shoe to feature the timeless Air sole unit helping guards and centers alike play in comfort and style on the playgrounds and hardwood. You can still hit us with two pairs—the white on whites will never grow old. He also designed what was intended to be the AF1's follow-up, the Air Ship—which was worn by Michael Jordan before his Air Jordans were ready.—the Air Jordan II and the Sock Racer, not to mention the love-it-or-hate-it Air Pressure. And 30 years later, Kilgore is still innovating.