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The Nike Air Force 1 07 Mid LV8 is a men’s shoe. The model features a mid-top collar and an ankle strap that gives the wearer a locked-down fit and enough support.

The basketball-inspired mid-top Nike Air Force 1 07 Mid LV8 sneakers embrace the modern world with an update. The leather upper with an ankle strap adds a stylish appeal that elevates one's usual everyday getup. Now this kick has grid-top stitching that exhibits a remarkable style.

Nike Air Force 1 Mid LV8 is available in black, university red, tour yellow, and white. This shoe can be paired up with skinnies, or baggy jeans tucked in the sneaker's tongue. Some opt to sport this with their shorts to give onlookers a plain view of this striking kick.

The iconic and best-selling silhouette is undoubtedly a given with all Air Force 1 shoes. However, the elevated sole, as specified by the LV8 name, provides this shoe with a new and unique twist. The raised sole offers a fresh take on this classic shoe while it also gives the wearer a new experience were wearing the shoe is concerned.

Nike Air Force 1 07 Mid LV8 comes from a shoe that has withstood the test of time. The original 1982 model took its name from the call sign of the airplane that transports typically the President of the United States. It is one of the best-selling shoes to date. By the year 2005, 12 million pairs of the AF1 were sold.

When the Air Force 1 was conceptualized, Nike was a neophyte in the basketball shoe industry. It was a company that started on running shoes, therefore, it was focused on innovations for straight-line movements. Basketball was different. Thus, the shoe had to be made for basketball activities like jumping, heavy landings, dribbling, and more.

Furthermore, getting the Air technology into a basketball shoe was no mean feat for Nike. After the successful integration of the Air, the AF1 became the first basketball shoe with such technology.

True to its basketball calling Bruce Kilgore, one of the Swoosh’s most popular designers, went with circular outsole traction as opposed to the typical herringbone traction which is a common feature of basketball shoes at the time. The designer applied this traction pattern because basketball players pivot in the post.

The shoe was initially intended to pay homage to the President’s aircraft, so Nike eventually ceased its distribution in 1984. However, the demand was still high for the AF1. People sought new colorways of the model, so the distributors asked Nike if a re-issue was possible. For any business, the only direction is to move forward. Nike was hesitant in bringing an “old” shoe back to the shelves. The demand stood, so Air Force 1 made a comeback in 1986.

  Notable versions of the AF1

To date, various versions have been released, and the silhouette still thrives. From the court, the shoe made its way to the streets and hip-hop culture scene. In recent times, to pay homage to its roots, Nike reignited the AF1 silhouette to introduce to the current market.

The Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 displays the revamped look of its ancestor added with the thicker midsole and bouncier cushioning. The brand transformed its upper with a plushier look by using premium leather, suede, or textile inserted with ample padding and cushioning for day-long use.

Meanwhile, the high-top AF1 version called the Air Force 1 07 Hi LV8 has a premium leather upper with the ankle strap, top-stitching, a classic AF1 lacing, rubber outsole with a circular pattern, and a discernible thick midsole.

While the lows and highs are in the market, Nike did not let the chance pass of introducing a mid version of the LV8 models. The Air Force 1 07 Mid LV8 shoes retained the springy cushioning and large midsole. Although the Air technology was the main selling point when Air Force 1 was first marketed, it has stepped down the pedestal to give way to the shoes’ iconic status.

  • Nike signed NBA athletes to endorse the Air Force 1. Philadelphia 76ers' Moses Malone and Bobby Jones, Portland Trail Blazers Calvin Natt, and Mychal Thompson, and L.A. Lakers Jamal Wilkes and Michael Cooper were named the “Original Six.”
  • The premium leather upper of this model is durable and comfy.
  • Nike’s patented Air-Sole technology is found in this shoe.
  • This mid-cut version, which also has a very prominent strap gives excellent hold and support.
  • Breathability is provided by the perforations in the upper.
  • The pivot point on its rubber outsole provides traction and grip on various surfaces.


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