Year released: 2002
All premium everything. Embodying the defiantly unclassifiable nature of the HTM (Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker) think tank, the HTM Nike Air Force 1 gave the project an accessible start, even if the limited nature of the shoes (only 1,500 were made of each color) made them hard to obtain. Black Air Force 1s were booming in the late 1980s, long before triple whites were big, and that appeal was channeled here. With the Air Force 1 turning 20, this quiet celebration of what makes the shoe great used luxurious leathers and sweated the small stuff to make these an apt tribute to the masterpiece that Bruce Kilgore and the team worked so hard on two decades earlier. When it comes to perfection, there's no need to make major modifications — contrast stitches highlighted those iconic panels, numbers let an owner know that they were part of the chosen few, and the marketing, confined to Japanese magazines we Westerners got too late, was so hushed that they were all gone before you knew it.