1985, the year that Nike changed the basketball shoe game forever and they haven't stopped since.
With more than 30 versions of the trainer released since the original 1985 release of the iconic, red and black Air Jordan, which some considered the most controversial basketball shoe, following the $1,000 fine the NBA slapped on the Chicago Bulls. Nike have kept the Air Jordan as the most important shoe in basketball history.
The release of their 1988 Air Jordan III, designed by Tinker Hatfield, who borrowed many of the stylistic features from the Air Revolution that he was working on at the same time, surpassed the Air Jordan I in becoming the most iconic silhouette in history. Air Jordan III's were the first to feature the iconic Jumpman logo, which took centre-stage on the tongue. Hatfield moved the Nike swoosh to the back of the silhouette and added revolutionary lace locks.
Fast forward to 2015, the newest addition to the Air Jordan family, the Nike Eclipse still turns heads. The minimalistic, lightweight design of the Nike Eclipse is not only visually pleasing but also features multiple technical design elements. From using neoprene on the tongue to mould around your foot for improved comfort to the low-top design that gives full range of ankle motion, the Nike Eclipse is a must have for every Air Jordan fan there ever was.