This modern version of the classic AF1 shoe features a high-top construction and slightly elevated sole. The high-top profile gives sufficient ankle support and protection, although foot movement can be a bit restricted compared when wearing low-tops.
Added to the lace-up closure system is a Velcro ankle strap for additional support and a lockdown fit. On the toe box are perforation details for increased breathability. Overall hold and support are excellent considering the AF1’s basketball shoe heritage.
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 a distinguishable thick sole. Not all sneakers can be worn with anything, but the Air Force 1 07 High LV8 is one of the exceptions. Though most often worn with jeans, this shoe can rock any outfit. Some wear their pairs with the ankle strap on the back.
Compared to traditional AF1 shoes from the ‘80s, the Nike Air Force 1 07 lineup, which debuted on the 25th anniversary of the iconic classic in 2007, sports minor design upgrades suited for the modern-day market. These shoes incorporate the classic and signature features of the original AF1s but are equipped with fresh design details.
The Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 is one of the several iterations of the Air Force 1 07 High shoes. The “LV8” in the name means “elevate” and corresponds to the shoe’s slightly elevated sole than the regular AF1 High shoes. Because of such feature, it provides a bit of an added height and a modern touch to the AF1 silhouette’s retro flair.
Also worth noting are the large Swoosh on the sides of this LV8 Air Force 1 high-tops and the Concentric Circle outsole pattern which was inspired by the players’ pivot moves during basketball games.
As one of Nike’s most successful innovations, the Nike Air technology has come a long way and being incorporated in countless of Nike basketball, running, and lifestyle shoes up to this day since it first made an appearance in 1979 through the Nike Air Tailwind.
Pitched by aeronautical engineer Frank Rudy to Phil Knight in 1977, the Air technology uses pressurized air inside a durable yet flexible urethane skin “bag” located in the midsole. The Nike Air sole utilizes fewer materials hence provides lighter weight without sacrificing cushioned comfort and impact protection.
Basketball Origins of the Nike Air Force 1
Initially released in 1982 is a revolutionary shoe inspired by a hiking cleat and named after the US Presidential plane called the Nike Air Force 1. It was designed by legendary Nike designer Bruce Kilgore as the first basketball shoe to feature the Nike Air sole technology.
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 for the official launch of the Nike Air Force 1. Each of them was given a pair of the AF1 in the original white/gray colorway to endorse.
The Air Force One's production discontinued after only two years, 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, the Oregon-based sportswear brand acknowledged the idea and the Air Force One became the first shoe to have a retro release.
Nike Air Force 1’s 25th Anniversary
The year 2007 marked the AF1’s 25th anniversary. Before 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 resulting to the Nike Air Force 1 07 and other 07 models such as the Nike Air Force 1 07 High, Nike Air Force 1 07 Low Camo, Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8, Nike Air Force 1 07 Mid, Nike Air Force 1 07 LX, Nike Air Force 1 07 SE, Nike Air Force 1 07 Premium, and Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 among others.
The Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 features a high-top construction with a lace-up closure and Velcro ankle strap for additional support and a lockdown fit. It shadows the profile and structure of the Nike AF1 07 High, but with a slightly elevated sole unit hence the added "LV8" (elevate) in the name. One of the most popular colorways of this shoe is the Nike Air Force 1 07 High LV8 "Light Bone" that released in June 2017 with a light bone-based tonal upper and pops of multiple print patterns on the side Swoosh.
- “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 in 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.