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Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 History
Originally released in 1982, the Air Force One was named after the US Presidential plane and inspired by a hiking boot. Legendary Nike designer Bruce Kilgore is the man behind this prominent Nike shoe. The first basketball shoe to feature the Nike Air sole technology, the Air Force One is also the first basketball shoe ever produced by the company.
During its release, Nike signed the “Original Six”, composed of six NBA stars such as Moses Malone and Bobby Jones of Philadelphia 76ers, Michael Cooper and Jamaal Wilkes of L.A. Lakers, and Mychal Thompson and Calvin Natt of Portland Trail Blazers. Each of them was given a pair of the AF1 in the original white/gray colorway to endorse.
Two years after, production of the Air Force One was discontinued, but the demands for the shoe remained high. It came to a point where the distributors had to ask Nike about the possibility of re-issuing the shoes to meet the consumers’ demands. Eventually, in 1986, Nike acknowledged the idea and the Air Force One became the first shoe to have a retro release.
The year 2007 marked the AF1’s 25th anniversary. Prior to this, Air Force Ones had an inconsistent type of stitching on the toe box and the leather cuts vary per shoe. In 2007, Nike finalized on one cut of leather and stitching on the Air Force 1s, and this resulted in the Air Force 1 07 models.
Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 Style
Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 exhibits a leather upper, perforated toe box, the Air Force One’s iconic Velcro ankle strap, grid top-stitching, circular outsole pattern, and distinguishable thick sole. Not all sneakers can be worn with anything, and the Air Force 1 07 High LV8 is one of the exceptions. Though most often wore it with jeans, this shoe can rock any outfit. Some wear their pairs with the ankle strap on the back.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 is available in men’s sizes from 6 to 18, including half sizes. It is generally true to size. The Velcro ankle strap provides additional support and a locked-down fit.
Before the Air Force 1, most basketball shoes exhibit a herringbone traction pattern, but the AF1 07 High LV8 follows the Concentric Circle outsole pattern which was inspired by the players’ pivot moves in the game. Also a notable feature of this shoe is the Velcro ankle strap for support and structure to basketball players. Moreover, the large Swoosh on its side and the thickness of the sole are both very eye-catching.
- “Deubré” is the official term for the lace medallion featured in the Air Force One.
- The Air Force One is known by many names such as Uptowns, White-on-Whites, AF1s, Forces, and Flavs.
- The Nike Air midsole unit provides more cushioning and helps reducing leg fatigue.
- The Concentric Circle outsole is for optimum grip and minimal resistance to pivoting movements.
- Supermodel Bella Hadid has been photographed several times wearing different variations of the Nike Air Force One, including the Air Force 1 07 High LV8 “Iridescent”.
- The Nike website offers a design-your-own- option for this shoe.