When the time came for Jerry Lorenzo–the mind behind Fear of God–and Nike to collaborate on a sneaker, Lorenzo held firm that the collaboration could only happen if he could craft his own silhouette from scratch. According to him, that’s just the kind of designer he is. “My gifts are not coloring up anything,” he said in an interview with Complex. “My gift is in shape.”

With the support of Nike’s world-class designers behind him and his handpicked fabrics flown in from around the world at his disposal, Lorenzo created his first signature sneakers with Nike, the Air Fear of God 1. Lorenzo went to work trying to craft the perfectly fresh performance silhouette that could be worn on and off the court, a problem in which Nike had long been in search of a remedy.

“I think one of the things that Nike–I don’t want to say Nike was struggling with–wanted to see,” Lorenzo recalled in an interview with Hypebeast, “was their basketball shoes transcend performance the way they did back in the ’80s and ’90s.”

At its heart, the Air Fear of God 1 is a true performance basketball sneaker. It’s held down by a double-stacked Zoom heel unit and its sock-like upper is enclosed in a custom TPU cage (reminiscent of the Nike Huarache), ensuring protection for those quick twitch movements on the court. He incorporated all those technological advancements while keeping his overarching design and colorways undeniably cool. He achieved his and Nike’s goal of creating a shoe that was both appealing and performance-driven without compromising either, and that’s where we kick off this week’s list.

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