Named after the winged goddess of victory, this little brand from Oregon once called Blue Ribbon Sports has been at the heart of footwear innovation since it sprinted onto the scene in 1972. Producing some of the most iconic silhouettes in the sneaker world and wrapping its laces around some of history's greatest athletes, Nike has been doing miles around our collective conscious, and the more popular it gets, its relevance will only grow, which is all good as long as they keep churning out bangers.
There's no shortage of 1990s designs that could be described as bold. What makes the Air More Uptempo '96 extra special is that, even by the risk-taking, everything but the kitchen sink design standards of the era, this was a sneaker that stood out.
Famously worn by Scottie Pippen during the Bulls 72 win, NBA title winning 1995-96 season, as well as during the Atlantic Olympics, the Air More Uptempo can't help but convey a sense of 'what are you going to do about it' swagger.