In honor of the fabled dragon, which in East Asian tradition is an embodiment of strength, courage, and good fortune, this interpretation constructs a delicate story using pastels while infusing it with rich cultural value.
The Air Force 1 Low’s facade is a serene portrait in soft pastel pink suede, set against a backdrop of ivory leather uppers, an interplay that captures the yin and yang of tranquility and strength.
This dual-tone ballet finds an extended stage with the midsole, liners, and laces. The fabric-woven tongue, which is evocative of its predecessor, continues its exquisite swirl with elaborate Eastern designs, which further reinforces the strong link to Asia.
However, the dragon’s mythical power and majesty are best conveyed through the reptilian-textured Swooshes as well as heel reinforcements. The tongue tag, the insole, and the heel tag all include unique Lunar New Year decorations that portray a vibrant picture in a somber red, which is a color that is strongly interwoven with the festivities of East Asian countries.
A flash of jade near the heel counter anchors the pattern, further establishing its eastern origins. This dainty homage to the dragon is finished off with a semi-translucent outsole featuring a pink tinge that is made of rubber. Adding to the collectibility are the jewel dubraes, reminding us of Eastern opulence and the treasures that myths and stories often speak of.
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