Nike Air Foamposite One History
The Nike Air Foamposite One first debuted in 1997. The original colorway was a dark neon royal blue. It quickly became Penny Hardaway’s signature shoe and was one of the priciest basketball shoes of that era. It had a futuristic look and was made up of a seamless liquid Foam mold, carbon-fiber midfoot plate, and a Zoom air unit. It looked bulky, and the masses did not warm up to it at first, but it has over time, turned into a cult classic.
The Air Foamposite One’s idea came from a molded sunglass case made of EVA foam. Eric Avar, the lead designer of the Air Foamposite, says they wanted to create a seamless shoe that would conform to the feet just like the case did to the object inside it. The design, on the other hand, was inspired by a beetle’s exoskeleton. It took them three years to create a shoe just like the one they envisioned.
In 2007, after ten years from its initial debut, The Air Foamposite One was again released in its original colorway as well as in Black/Anthracite, Black/Red, and Black/Cactus. A year later, a very rare colorway named Dark Army was released by House of Hoops.
During 2009, the now iconic Eggplant colorway was released. It came back out in 2010 along with the Copper and Cough Drop colorways. A tribute pack to Penny Hardaway designed by Sole Collector dropped in 2011, with an astronomical price tag of $1,000.
The year 2012 saw a lot of new colorways being released. It was also the year that marked the start of the Foamposite madness where one guy even offered his car in exchange for the very rare Galaxy colorway. Another notable colorway released during this year was designed in collaboration with Laika Studios to promote the movie ParaNorman. It had bright green soles and a smoke print on the shell. An embroidered “Weird Wins” can be seen on the heel.
Year on year since 2012, several colorways of the shoe dropped, including printed ones such as the Weatherman. It wasn’t until 2014 when the black and red Supreme versions were released that pandemonium, such as in the time of the Galaxy, reigned again. Vast numbers of fans gathered in one of Supreme’s store location, causing the in-store release to be scrapped and the shoes sold online instead.
This 2017, Nike celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Air Foamposite One by revisiting classic colorways and releasing retro renditions. They will also release a new edition in November called Legion Green. Meanwhile, a new color called Abalone is planned for the spring of 2018.