Unlike many of her contemporaries, Cactus Plant Flea Market designer Cynthia Lu doesn’t aspire to be the story herself. The longtime Pharrell Williams associate instead lets her work do the talking, and this Nike VaporMax collaboration is instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the brand as a CPFM creation. Details like shoe’s three-dimensional prints stayed true to her signature aesthetic and offered a taste of the under-the-radar line’s look to a much wider audience. The sneaker was also notable for being one of a handful women’s releases in 2019 that were coveted by fans regardless of their gender. —Zac Dubasik