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    Nike Air Force 1
    Nike Air Force 1 Mid LE DH2933-111
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Mid LE
    • DH2933-111
    • $74
    Nike Force 1 LE DH2925-111
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LE
    • DH2925-111
    • $50
    Nike Air Force 1 LE DH2920-111
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LE
    • DH2920-111
    • $65
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CW2288-111
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CW2288-111
    • $79
    Nike Air Force 1 High LV8 3 CK0262-700
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 High LV8 3
    • CK0262-700
    • $50
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DD8959-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DD8959-100
    • $92
    Nike Air Force 1 Mid '07 CW2289-111
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Mid '07
    • CW2289-111
    • $100
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 SE DJ6377-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 SE
    • DJ6377-100
    • $92
    Nike Air Force 1 Sculpt DC3590-102
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Sculpt
    • DC3590-102
    • $77
    Nike Air Force 1 High Sculpt DC3590-101
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 High Sculpt
    • DC3590-101
    • $72
    Nike Air Force 1 High Utility 2.0 DC3584-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 High Utility 2.0
    • DC3584-100
    • $108
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CT2302-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CT2302-100
    • $86
    Nike Air Force 1 Pixel CK6649-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Pixel
    • CK6649-200
    • $90
    Nike Air Force 1 Pixel CK6649-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Pixel
    • CK6649-100
    • $89
    Nike Air Force 1 Pixel CK6649-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Pixel
    • CK6649-001
    • $80
    Nike Air Force 1 Shadow CI0919-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Shadow
    • CI0919-100
    • $83
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 DR3098-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DR3098-100
    • $92
    Nike Air Force 1 LXX x Serena Williams Design Crew DM5036-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LXX x Serena Williams Design Crew
    • DM5036-100
    • $89
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 DH9597-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DH9597-001
    • $84
    Nike Air Force 1 Crater FlyKnit DC7273-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Crater FlyKnit
    • DC7273-100
    • $65
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 LX CZ0268-300
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 LX
    • CZ0268-300
    • $78
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 WB CJ9179-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 WB
    • CJ9179-200
    • $107
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DV2237-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DV2237-100
    • $110
    Nike Air Force 1 Sculpt DQ9325-300
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Sculpt
    • DQ9325-300
    • $89
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 EMB DN4178-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8 EMB
    • DN4178-001
    • $69
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 DJ5180-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DJ5180-100
    • $89
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DH7561-102
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DH7561-102
    • $123
    Nike Air Force 1 Mid DH5622-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Mid
    • DH5622-001
    • $63
    Nike Force 1 LE DH2926-111
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LE
    • DH2926-111
    • $50
    Nike Force 1 LE DH2925-001
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LE
    • DH2925-001
    • $65
    Nike Air Force 1 LE DH2920-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LE
    • DH2920-001
    • $84
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 LX DD1525-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 LX
    • DD1525-001
    • $102
    Nike Air Force 1 DD0747-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1
    • DD0747-001
    • $135
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 Premium DC8891-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 Premium
    • DC8891-001
    • $90
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 LX DC8744-301
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 LX
    • DC8744-301
    • $93
    Nike Air Force 1 Crater FlyKnit DC7273-500
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Crater FlyKnit
    • DC7273-500
    • $67
    Nike Air Force 1 Fontanka DA7024-101
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Fontanka
    • DA7024-101
    • $70
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 Essential CZ0270-102
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 Essential
    • CZ0270-102
    • $118
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CW2288-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CW2288-001
    • $96
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 Craft CN2873-101
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 Craft
    • CN2873-101
    • $87
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 315115-152
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • 315115-152
    • $77
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DR7857-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DR7857-100
    • $109
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DQ0826-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DQ0826-100
    • $100
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 LV8 DM8148-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 LV8
    • DM8148-100
    • $113
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 DM0983-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DM0983-100
    • $89
    Nike Air Force 1 Mid '07 DJ9158-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Mid '07
    • DJ9158-200
    • $103
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 x Space Jam: A Legacy DJ7998-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 x Space Jam: A Legacy
    • DJ7998-100
    • $128
    Nike Air Force 1 DJ6033-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1
    • DJ6033-001
    • $109

    Air Force 1

    In 1982, when the Nike Air Force 1 launched, Nike was relatively small on the basketball scene. They were known for their running expertise but didn’t have as much sway on the courts. Basketball required a different type of shoe, one constructed for explosive jumping, heavy landings, and sudden changes of direction. Transitioning their Air sole technology to the basketball court would require plenty of ingenuity.

    Bruce Kilgore was brought in to work closely alongside Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman, and they were tasked with making Air’s transition to basketball a successful one. Before accepting the position at Nike, Kilgore had been an all-American product designer. His distinguished career made him the perfect person to design the Air Force 1, a shoe named after the famous aircraft of the president of the United States of America.

    Basketball players had particular performance requirements that Kilgore knew he had to meet. Firstly, he drew inspiration from the Nike Approach hiking boot, whose lower heel curved up and in towards the Achilles tendon. This brought flexibility without compromising on strength. To further bolster the ankle support, a detachable ‘proprioceptive belt’ was added. In order to meet players’ traction needs, specialized concentric circles were etched into the rubber outsole allowing them to change direction with unrivaled speed.

    As one of the first basketball sneakers to feature a durable cupsole that helped to balance its increased height, Kilgore’s design was inspired by the physics of Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. The Air Force 1 also featured a variable width lacing system which pulled the foot tighter into the shoe. All in all, Bruce’s finished product weaved together his minimalist design ethos and Nike’s technological might to produce a technical, stylish shoe which became the first choice of many highly regarded NBA players.

    The launch of the Nike Air Force 1 birthed several important phenomena in sneaker culture. The AF1 was the first shoe to introduce collaborations and limited run drops, which are now commonplace in the world of sneakers. The Air Force 1 also made history in becoming the first Nike shoe to have a retro design as part of its collection. Over the years, it has been reimagined by both Nike’s footwear creatives and those at high-end fashion houses.

    But it wasn’t always such plain sailing, and in 1983 there was a real possibility that the shoe would be discontinued. If it hadn’t been for the East coast fans, particularly those of Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, whose youth nicknamed them “Uptowns,” combined with the retailers’ “Color of the Month Club” initiative, Nike’s enthusiasm for the model may never have been reignited.

    Over the years, the AF1 silhouette has been combined with the latest and greatest of Nike's technologies, and today it remains a global street culture mainstay favored by hip-hop artists and the dapper youth, as well as the basketball players it was originally made for. So, it is with legitimacy that we can say: the Nike Air Force 1 is truly iconic.

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