Nike is honoring the greatest WNBA team in history with this Nike Air Force 1 Low which pays homage to the Houston Comets. If you weren’t familiar, the Houston Comets were one of the original eight WNBA teams and won the league’s first four championships behind the Big Three of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson.
They are one of two teams in the WNBA that are undefeated in the WNBA Finals; the Seattle Storm are the other. The Comets were the first dynasty of the WNBA and are tied with the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm for the most championships of any WNBA franchise. The team was folded and disbanded by the league in 2008 during the height of the Great Recession because new ownership could not be found.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low “Houston Comets” gets covered in the team’s colors as the sneaker features a White leather construction all over the upper with Obsidian, University Red, and Wolf Grey accents.
The most enticing features of this hoops-inspired pair arrive towards the rear. A four-fingered hand icon next to an “x” sign is embroidered into the lateral heel while the traditional Nike rear insignias are substituted out for “‘97 ‘98” on the left shoe and “‘99 ‘00” on the right side to call out the seasons the Comets were world champs.
The team’s patriotic hues are used for accents across its predominantly white base by touching down on the Swooshes and heel overlays. Standard metallic silver “AF1” lace deubres are situated on the bottom of the throat, while the outsoles and midsole “Air” hits are doused in full navy. For a sleek final touch and understated nod to the dynasty, a hand holding up four fingers appears on the lateral heel counter.
Why are Air Force 1s so popular?
The classic yet stylish look, proportions, availability, comfort and wearability all factor into the Air Force 1s popularity. Air Force 1s look great with most casual outfits and have a rich history that appeals to sneaker fanatics
The 40 Year Anniversary of the Air Force 1
- 1982 – 1991: AF1s Hit the Courts and the Streets and Ignite Sneaker Culture
- Late 1988 – 2000s: Air Force 1s Become Synonymous with Hip Hop
- 2000s: The AF1 Goes Global
- 2007: Forces Get a Luxe New Look
- 2022: The Nike Air Force 1 Hits 40