Team Jordans aren’t typically the sneakers that come to mind when one thinks “collaboration,” but Los Angeles-based designer Melody Ehsani defied expectations and came up with one of year’s best in the process. The women’s Air Jordan OG originally released in 1998 (just one year removed from the WNBA’s inaugural season) as the first shoe made by Jordan Brand specifically for women. Ehsani avoided the obvious color blocking schemes that the shoe lends itself to in favor of a tonal black upper, highlighting the texture and design language the model shares with the Air Jordan XIII. The literal cherry on top was the bright red dubrae, a symbol Ehsani also used in a collection of her own jewelry that launched alongside this collaboration. —Zac Dubasik