The Nike Air Legend was originally designed with professional basketball players in mind. It was the first to have coloured soles and linings, first to have a perforated toe, and on the high top the first to have a lacing system flexpoint which had only been used on Nike running shoes until that time. The Legend came in low and high editions, but only the high top had the hinged eyelet design to support the ankle and prevent the ankle collar from buckling and digging into the wearer's ankle. Retired NBA star Patrick Ewing wore the Nike Legend high-top while playing for Georgetwon in the NCAA league. The Nike Air Legend debuted in 1983.