Year released: 2001

There’s a certain masochism in loving regional exclusives. While they’re a pain to obtain without the right connections or location, getting hold of them was far more gratifying than most of today’s releases. Nike’s decision to confine so many masterpieces to Asia-only status was smart, because it created a foundation that few other models can come close to. Taiwans were superb, but the Hong Kongs, in forest green with that stitched Swoosh, were premium simplicity that has barely been bettered. Once again, less was more when it came to this makeover.