Year: 1981

Light hiking was born with the Lava Dome. While the design doesn't scream "HYBRID" the Dura-mesh design is rugged with a healthy elegance. The venerable ACG line didn't launch in earnest until 8 years after the Lava Dome, but this is the beginning of a category challenging legacy that has been a hallmark of Nike innovation. Without the Lava Dome, sneakers like the Mowabb might not have been possible...and thus, the brilliant earth tone matched with bright oranges and purples we associate with outdoor-tinged footwear may never have developed. The Lava Dome is a timeless classic.