Year Introduced: 1987

Nike was founded on the basis of athletic excellence - that its shoes were made to help athletes excel - but 1987's Air Safari seemed to represent a step away from that. In reality it was a Nike running answer to the Air Jordan, with soft deer leather complemented by a new print inspired by an exotic ostrich-leather couch. The Safari was designed by a young architect named Tinker Hatfield, who would soon bring a similar aesthetic to the Air Jordan line. Convergence.