Stories like auto-lacing sneakers may make big news, but ultimately they’re not very surprising. And despite years of complaints, it was always just a matter of time until Nike Air returned to Air Jordans.

On the other hand, there are stories that we almost don’t realize how big they are because we didn’t see them coming and now are experiencing them as they happen. We’re taking a look at five of those stories that have become reality, despite sneakerheads never predicting them.