Year: 2005
Lead Designer: Tinker Hatfield

What do you do for the 20th version of the signature shoe for the most famous athlete on the planet? For starters, you bring back designer Tinker Hatfield, who'd been off the full-time Air Jordan beat since 1999's Air Jordan XV. Then you make sure the storytelling can't be missed. Hatfield had some of his longest conversations with Jordan since they started collaborating in the late '80s, and the most important details were turned into laser-inscribed designs by co-creator Mark Smith. More room was provided by a massive forefoot strap, and additional support was given by a free-floating ankle strap that looked like something swiped from a surfboard. No, Mike don't surf.