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nike Air Force 1, A timeless classic

There nike Air Force 1 is undoubtedly the most emblematic silhouette from nike. This model is one of the first to use the soles with the cushioning system nike air, still unpublished and revolutionary when it was released. It was the first shoe of basketball With this technology. Created by Bruce Kilgore In 1982, this pair was a clever mixture of sobriety and technicality. With his design immaculate white, contrasted by a swoosh and a gray strap for versions Mid And High, his outsole is dressed in light gray tones. Legend has it that his style is inspired by Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. His name, on the other hand, is a direct reference to the American presidential plane. There Air Force 1 has a particular story that makes it one of the most iconic models of sneakers. nike reveals the model and democratized it in the 80s by associating it with the greatest basketball players of the time.

But after only two years on the market and immediate success, the American equipment supplier decides to remove the famous pair of the market! This has the effect of creating a real wave of requests. Young people in neighborhoods, desperate, try not without difficulty bringing their old pairs back to life ... Thus the managers of shoe stores noting the high demand, begin to put pressure on the American equipment supplier so that it comes out of the models of the model so much acclaimed. The brand at swoosh ends up accepting provided that orders are substantial. The pairs will flow at an incredible speed, creating a unique connection between the Air Force 1 and young people from the streets.


A pair of basketball influenced by the STREETWEAR And hip-hop

With the rise of street and hip-hop culture in The years 1990 and 2000, the popularity of this pair will completely explode.

It is the culture of the street and the explosion of rap in the 90s that will completely propel the pair to the rank of classic. She finds herself at the foot of the most influential rappers such as Jay Z, Kanye West, creator of the essential label Yeezy or Damon Dash who go crazy about it. For the anecdote the rapper Nelly fell in love with the model and to testify to his love, he dedicates a song in homage to the model entitled " Air Force One is ». Likewise T.I, rapper of Atlanta gives us a name named " My air Strengths ». In the report of Thibaut de Longeville Recently published on the application nike SNKRS, T.I even go so far as to say "that he would carry for nothing in the world another model".

The model will even, in the following years, cross the Atlantic and set up in Europe with in particular as capital London And its new rappers that will disseminate the model and its values ​​on all the continent. Today declined on many occasions, as recently with the version Off-White Black, there Air Force 1 continues to write its history and confirms its status as an icon!

Collaborations Air Force Iconic one: Off-White, Travis Scott, Clot, Peaceminusone

nike Air Force 1 low

Like always nike Give a lot of importance to history, and the universe of its shoes. Marketed at 62.95$ In 1983, a year after the launch of the High, it quickly becomes an emblematic product of hip-hop culture. Nicknamed the "Uptown"In the streets of New York, it quickly became an icon of popular city districts by its accessibility. 1984, two years after its release, nike planned to stop the production of AF1, but thanks to enthusiastic amateurs of Baltimore and at "Color of the Month Club ", a group of local retailers, AF1 survived. Thus, the American firm gives the opportunity to artists, sportsmen, designers Having grown up with the silhouette of rethinking models. Each collaboration is a real atmosphere, the art of the creator is sublimated. Over the years emblematic collaborations have been born. As part of his collection The Ten, regret Virgil Abloh, Artistic director of the house's men's collections Louis Vuitton, posed his claw on 10 emblematic models of the Swoosh brand To create the range nike Off White. Among her, the nike Air Force 1 Off-White. Playing on innovative materials as with transparent fabric, Virgil Abloh brings a unstructured dimension with a swoosh and its zig zag sewing. Declined in 3 colors, White, Black and Volt, this sneaker is a must have much sought after by fans of sneakers. The more influential rapper on the planet, Travis Scott He was also able to revisit the nike Air Force 1. After working on two AF1s in canvas White And Sail At swoosh interchangeable, the Flame offered us a magnificent nike AF1 Fossil. Playing on material panels and patterns recalling its universe, this sneaker has vibrated basketball enthusiasts with its box full of its details. A pair that once again was out of stock very quickly like all those in the collection nike Travis Scott. We can also cite the Hong Kong label of Edison Chen, Clot who offered us 4 colorways of his nike Air Force 1 Clot with white, blue, black and recently the rose. Sporting a satin upper, embroidered with the brand's motif, this sneakers consists of a print applied directly to the pair revealing itself once the fabric has been removed. Extremely limited This collaboration marked the year 2019. Finally, we can also talk about nike Air Force 1 Peacemisunone In collaboration with the Korean artist G-Dragon. The singer of K-pop Revisit the classic in its own way with a floral print hidden under the colors' upper Black And White. This original and surprising edition managed to issue a lot of noise and converted many people in Korean fashion. nike continues to dazzle us with his collaborations and has succeeded in imposing the nike Air Force One as the classic timeless model.

nike Air Force 1 Mid

It was not until 1994 that nike introduce a new iteration, the Air Force One Mid. Level design, it is considered a hybrid model and is located in between the High and the low With its mid-minute collar that covers the bottom of the ankle. It is revealed during advertising nike "City Attack"which highlighted the different branches of urban culture in particular embodied by Bobbito Garcia, DJ and streetball player who recently collaborated for a shoe in the NFT. The whole campaign nicknamed Nyc is focused on the various activities present in the multiple districts of New York. The slogan was accompanied by a string of new features in the Beaverton brand such as the Jewel Swoosh, the Dunk Low "Flip The Old School" or the nike Air Force 1 Mid Jewel which will introduce the NYC Logo. The latter will also be reissued in 2021. True success on television, its influence will even go beyond the Atlantic and will seduce the European public in 1994 thanks to Foot Locker which was established in Paris and London. It is thanks to the Air Force One Mid That Europe meets the silhouette, more than ten years after its creation. The sneakers are so popular that in 1997, an edition "Independance Day"is born. Inspired by" 4th of July ", the American national holiday which celebrates the independence of the United States, it will be reissued in 2022 alongside the side of the Air Force 1 Mid "Ale Brown". The American equipment supplier notably called on various creators to collaborate on his model Mid. The most emblematic is undoubtedly Riccardo Tisci, former artistic director of Givenchy and current D.A de Burberry. In 2014, he offers us his collection "nike + RT"which revisited 4 versions of Air Force One from a luxury angle for men and women.

nike Air Force 1 High

This is the first model to have been unveiled in 1982 and was marketed at $ 80. Its name is inspired by the famous plane used by the President of the United States and echoes technology air hidden under the insole which will bring a better cushioning for the players of basketball. This bubble ofair is a real innovation for the time. It marks the spirits thanks to the will to nike to make believe that with this model, fans of sneakers would be capable of spectacular leaps. To promote shoes, the Swoosh brand uses Six NBA players For the campaign around the Air Force One: Moses Malone, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, Bobby Jones, Mychal Thompson, and Calvin Natt. At the beginning, nike only wanted to exploit the model for two years and move on, but the shoe met with such success that three store managers from Baltimore beg the equipment supplier to provide them in AF1 In view of the cultural impact and the demand of aficionados. It is then that the Beaverton firm imposed a minimum of 1,200 pairs sold for the three stores: Downtown Locker Room, Cinderella Shoes, and Charley Rudo’s Sports. Men's and women shoes sell like hotcakes and AF1 lovers from all the United States made the trip to Baltimore to have the packs of the pack Color of the Month. The three managers of emblematic shops were also nicknamed them "Three Amigos".
Today it is through the vision of Matthew Williams, artistic director of the Givenchy house, which the model is experiencing a revival. Son label Alyx Studio collaborated with nike To offer us four Air Force One High with premium full flower leather whose Red and the Black. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary in 2022, the retro silhouette was given to the taste of the day with the Air Force One High Sculpt which takes up the codes OG Shoes but without its iconic strap at the ankle. It is available under the colors White Silver And Gym Red.

nike Air Force 1 Flyknit

In 2012, nike launches technology Flyknit, uMaterial composed of solid and light threads having been woven on a upper, offering good support of the athlete's foot on the shoe platform. It uses ultra-resistant fibers to create mild structures offering areas of support, elasticity and breathability like the nike Flyknit Racer. It was not until 2015 and the legendary Kobe Bryant to see the first model of nike Air Force 1 Flyknit carried by the emblematic player of the Los Angeles Lakers in his legendary color Triple White during a trip to China. An unprecedented hype follows on the design Revisited from Bruce Kilgore. Marketed in 2016, it is available in several emblematic colors of the Swoosh brand such as Multi-color, Bred or Oreo. It will be sold at a price of $ 110 for the versions low and $ 175 for versions High.

A basketball as much appreciated by women as by men.

Although the essence of the model come from famous male icons in sport or music, the shoe was quickly adopted by the female gender and the teams of nike understood this. The model Triple White Today is an essential of many female wardrobes and turns out to be a unisex sneaker. To meet the high demand of sneakers, the Swoosh brand will offer a multitude of revisited versions of the emblematic model with ranges specially created for women such as the collection Air Force 1 Shadow and the collection Air Force 1 Pixel. Female and colorful, these special models offer a trendy look to the retro model. Of the pastel colors by not passing the Decorative jewelry, everything is designed to meet the expectations of feminine sneakerheads!

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