The Air Force 1 made its debut in 1982. Designed by Bruce Kilgore, the silhouette was named after the United States Presidential Air Force One jet. Originally sold as a basketball shoe, it was the first basketball sneaker that featured Nike’s proprietary Air technology in its midsole. Only 2 years into the sneaker’s release, Nike discontinued it only to re-introduce it once again in 1986 as a result of a sudden spike in demand.
In modern times, the Air Force 1 has become a fashion staple in the sneaker industry. A big boost for them was the organic integration into the hip-hop industry, famously being shouted out by Jay Z on his song “Can I Live II.” This subsequently led to Roc-A-Fella Records – Jay Z’s record label – collaborating with Nike to produce their own custom all-white Air Force 1, which had the record label logo embroidered on the heel. The legendary producer and rapper, Dr. Dre is known to have one of the most immaculate sneaker closets in the game and it consists mainly of a bunch of icy white Air Force 1’s. Literally a pair for every single day of the week and then some!
The Air Force 1 has provided a number of iconic looks over the years, however, none have become quite as quintessential as the “Triple White” colourway. This crisp iteration celebrates 40 years of the Nike Air Force 1. The upper features a premium white leather with the signature Swoosh taking center stage on the side walls along with “NIKE AIR” branding embroidered on the heel patch. Additional details include a 40th-anniversary tongue tag along with a highly talked about white toothbrush marked with “Since 1982” text to celebrate the iconic model.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Anniversary Edition “Triple White” releases online and in-store on Thursday 21st July, UK6.5 – UK11, aed700.