We're counting down the greatest basketball sneakers in NBA history. Our #NBArank panel of sneakerheads rated dozens of shoes. The result is our Top 30 list. Today, we unveil No. 3
Air Jordan I
Year of release
Players who wore 'em
"Fortunately, the NBA can't stop you from wearing them."
The original is still one of the best -- just not the best anymore, at least according to our expert panel. Still, the importance of this shoe can't be denied. There were signature shoes before this one (The Puma Clyde, the Adidas Stan Smith), but no sneaker turned signature shoes into big business like the Air Jordan I did. Getting "banned" by the NBA was the best thing that could have happened, not only for this pair but also for sneakers in general. -- Adam Reisinger