Year: 2002

The Courir takes top slot because it has all the elements - a timeless makeup and sleeper status that had everyone from NYC frantically Hotmailing and sending T-Mobile Sidekick messages to their Gallic connects to get a pair. Black, white and gum is all you needed - trust the French to do something this good with such a simple recipe, and it's as good as any AF1 that's ever dropped, embodying Paris' rep as one of the most hip-hop and discerning shoe cities on the planet. A perfect shoe and one that was exclusive to France - once word got out, this sports store chain almost certainly didn't know what hit it.