In 1982, Nike introduced the high-top Air Force 1 to the basketball world, bringing the technology found in its running products to the hardwood. To coincide with widespread uniform regulations of the era, the brand offered its aggressive basketball sneaker in a simple “White/Metallic Silver” arrangement. Over the years, the Swoosh has revisited the two-tone style, with the latest arriving on a newly-surfaced low-top offering.
The sneakers feature a grey rubber sole and a clean white midsole with white AIR branding. You can spot these refined details on the Swoosh logos, heel tabs, tongue branding, insoles, and the sturdy rubber outsole. Midsoles also opt for a “colorless” finish that harkens back to past decades, while also keeping things classic. To add a dash of glamour, the Metallic Silver lace dubraes shine, complemented by White Nike branding on the insoles and heel tabs.
Overall, these sneakers are very minimal in that they do not have a ton of color. With its timeless design and comfortable features, it’s an excellent choice for sneaker enthusiasts.
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