Introducing the Nike Air Force 1
Known for its versatile style, comfortable fit, and wide variety of colorways, the Nike Air Force 1 is one of the most iconic models in the sneaker world. It was introduced as a high-top model in 1982. The AF1 Low was introduced a year later. Many celebrities and sneakerheads love this basketball-inspired lifestyle sneaker.
The Nike Air Force 1 is the result of Bruce Kilgore's efforts to incorporate Nike's Air technology into a basketball shoe. In this technology, pressurised air in a pocket contributes to the elasticity, durability, and flexibility of the sole.
This high-top sneaker was designed for intense action and featured a circular sole for better grip on the court. The high-top version was worn on the court by six top NBA players just a year after its launch.
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Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton x Air Force 1
Louis Vuitton made Virgil Abloh's Nike Air Force 1 collaboration available to the general public in 2022 after a record-breaking Sotheby's bidding and a special display.
The collection featured nine colorways of the AF1 Low with premium calf leather upper and LV monogram patterns, which were included in the duo's first drop. The sneakers were released online on July 19, 2022, via Louis Vuitton's website, with prices ranging from $2,750 USD for lows to $3,450 USD for mids.
You can find this collaboration on StockX with prices nearing the €9,000 mark on the White colorway, and in other colorways costing around €4,000.
Popular AF1 Colorways
This classic white variant's popularity demonstrates that a classic design in a modest white form is still unmatched.
The only distinction to the all-white edition of this sneaker is the silver lace dubrae. The upper is constructed of white leather. The top, laces, interior, and sole are all constructed of white leather.
With its sleek and minimalistic all-black colorway, this sneaker is a great choice for darker outfits in Autumn and Winter. It's also available in a high-top version for those who prefer more coverage and support.
As an alternative to the Triple-white during the winter season, it conceals any stains or dirt that may get on the sneaker.
The Air Force 1 Gore-Tex is a shoe designed to withstand the elements. Made with Gore-Tex material, it is waterproof and perfect for rainy weather. This sneaker comes in different colorways, but darker colors like "Olive" are preferred for techwear-inspired looks.
The upper is made of textile and leather, and the Gore-Tex properties remain the same, featuring great traction.
Every year, Nike brings back the 'Flax' hue of the Air Force 1, which is no surprise given that it is the perfect colorway for Autumn. Furthermore, the Air Force 1 model is a must-have. The upper is made of nubuck leather. The circular laces on the shoe are a wonderful touch that gives the sneaker a distinct look.
The upper of the sneaker rests atop the Air midsole, ensuring maximum comfort. With this shoe, you can be certain that you are prepared for the rain and cold.
Nike's recent design, the Air Force 1 Tear-Away, is a sneaker that comes in an all-white colour. However, the sneaker is far from ordinary. The top layer of the sneaker is meant to be torn away by the wearer, revealing a colourful design underneath.
The 'Pastel Reveal' variant of the sneaker contains colours like light green, orange, and pink. The wearer can choose to tear away certain sections of the sneaker or even the whole shoe, making it a highly customizable piece of footwear.
For those who want to add more detail to their sneaker collection or achieve a vintage feel, the Nike Air Force 1 Shadow 'Coconut Milk' is a great choice.
The deconstructed aesthetic of the 'Shadow' variation of the AF1 offers a sleek and modern look, while the colorway of 'Coconut Milk' gives a slightly worn and vintage vibe to the sneaker itself.
The Nike Air Force 1 'Valentine's Day' version of 2021 enhances the original basketball shoe with heart-shaped air holes on the toe instead of the normal perforated leather. The panels and Swoosh have a lovely colour-blocking motif in pink and red.
To add to the Valentine's Day motif, a 'Love Letter' is attached to the tongue, and the inside is embroidered with "True Love Since '82",which is a reference to the Air Force 1's initial release year.
The Air Force 1 'Psychic Blue' is a great sneaker for summer due to its subtle tie-dye effect on the back tab.
Tie-dye is often associated with summer, and this sneaker captures that spirit without being too vibrant. The blue and white colour scheme is simple yet effective, making this one of the best sneakers for the season.
The Nike Air Force 1 UV is a recent addition to the Nike collection that features a unique and innovative design. This sneaker uses a reactive fabric that changes colour when exposed to sunlight.
The Swoosh and back panel detailing are made from this fabric, which allows for a stunning transformation on a sunny day. With this sneaker, you can add a pop of colour to your outfits and stand out from the crowd.
Billie Eilish x Air Force 1 High
The Nike Air Force 1 High collaboration with Billie Eilish was released on April 25, 2022, for a retail price of $170. The 'Mushroom' colorway of the shoes is monochromatic and covers the entire shoe from heel to toe.
The shoe's design includes a fine suede upper and five velcro-foot straps that start at the heel and go through the top of the toe box. The lace jewels display Billie's 'Blohsh' emblem, and the insoles are emblazoned with the phrase "It's hard to stop it once it starts."