Year Introduced: 1984

Back in the early '80s, the Nike Air Force 1 was just another basketball shoe. Well, OK, it was more than that, but by 1984 it was a two-year-old design in need of replacement. So designer Bruce Kilgore developed the Air Ship, which did away with the strap, added a cantilevered heel, and worked some new articulation at the forefoot. The Air Ship has never received the acclaim of its big brother - it pays to be first - but it was worn by a tongue-wagging rookie by the name of Michael Jordan. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.