Nike is a company for runners and running sneakers alike. It wasn’t until 1982 when Bruce Kilgore designed Nike’s first and best selling (to date) basketball shoe — the infamous Nike Air Force 1’s.
The original AF1 pictured above, had a mesh toe box and a midsole inspired by, get this, the “Notre Dame Cathedral” — holy and majestic she is.
Drawing inspiration from the Nike Approach Hiking Boot and the Nike Tailwind Running shoe, the Air Force One was revolutionary in its time. The first basketball sneaker that basketball players had real trouble demolishing.
“Air in a Box” was the simple and clean slogan for its commercial release. Can you believe how these kicks don’t even need a commercial anymore, they’re worldwide.
Can you believe that a Jamaican from The Bronx, New York didn’t receive a pair until 2017? I
know… insane. The pair I have (pictured below) are all the rage with metrosexual males in NYC,
who reserve no qualms about these women’s sneakers. Even though it released and was well received by the masses it only took two years for it to stop it’s production for but nonetheless being the first Nike Sneaker to be “Retro’d”.
Pay homage to the OG basketball sneaker, the Nike Air Force One.