1. Air Jordan 1 (1985)
The shoe that started it all. You just can’t top the original. Phil Knight took a chance on a kid who hadn’t even won a title yet and gave him his own shoe. The vision was incredible, and today it’s impossible to separate MJ from his brand. Together the brand and MJ became the most iconic element of sports history.
Beyond MJ, the Air Jordan 1 birthed sneaker culture. Without a signature shoe like this, there would be no “Lebron’s” or “Kobe’s.” It’s actually impossible to overstate the importance of this shoe release on basketball and shoe culture. And for that, it sits at the top of our list.