This will be an unpopular opinion, but the Air Jordan V may be Tinker Hatfield’s greatest Air Jordan design. Stay with me here. Yes, the III was his first and the XI is a futuristic footwear sculpture come to life. But the V was something different—an evolution of the IV, to a degree, but at the same time a giant leap forward. Just look at the lines, the reflective tongue, that clear rubber outsole. Everything working in harmony, right down to that embroidered NIKE AIR on the back, which is back for the first time since 1999.

“I think that, when I was working on those first shoes with Michael I was still trying to get to know him a little bit,” Hatfield says. "The III was great because it helped him re-engage with the company. It was probably his true first experience of being a collaborator not just, ‘Here, wear this.’ Then the IV was like, can you top that, so I kind of went away from the exotic and went more technical. There’s not a big inspirational story, it’s a little bit more like, ‘We’re gonna do this new mesh, we’re gonna make this a little lighter, and it’s still gonna look a little different.’”