The founder of fragment designs can not be ignored. Anything related to street wear and Fujiwara is in the center of it. He mentored Nigo and Jun Takahashi as they continued to create their own fashion masterpieces in Bape and Undercover. 2015 was Fujiwara's year with Nike. Taking on the Air Jordan 1, Sock Darts, Roshe LD-1000, Air Trainer 1s, Lunar Force, Hyperchase, Air Prestos, and many many more, the lightning bolt can not be missed.
Avar is the VP of Design Innovations at Nike. He took on the Kobe III and has kept pushing the boundaries. When Kobe asked to go light, Avar asked "how light." When Kobe asked to go low, Avar asked "how low." Avar is the man to improve Kobe's Nike line. Like Air Jordans, the Kobes are often found on and off the court.
The Black Mamba is coming to the end of his career. As hard as it is to see a legend go out, it's been an amazing journey. From his countless impossible shots to his influence on work ethic, Bryant will be missed. The Kobe XI is coming soon and we're hoping it holds up to expectations.
Tinker Hatfield may be the best sneaker designer to ever walk the Earth. With classics like the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, and all the Jordans between 3 - 15 (pretty much all the classics), Hatfield has created winner after winner. Without this man, the sneaker world may not be a fraction of what it is today.
Without Mike, the shoe game would undoubtedly be different. His presence and ability to fly changed the entire outlook on "tennis shoes" and basketball. After 30 years, his first sneakers are still one of the most popular silhouettes ever. The Jordan Brand line continues to push its presence in the NBA world through new stars. While none will ever touch MJ's gift, their futuristic looks and innovations keep them relevant.