Summary

We spent 9.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many people love their classic-inspired design and style consistency.
  • Some users find this high-top iteration of the Nike Air Force 1 clean and well-constructed.
  • One commenter says it is a great shoe to wear in good weather.
  • Some users say this high-top Air Force 1 shoe has outstanding durability.
  • Bold color-blocking on the shoe is favored by some sneakerheads.
  • A couple of reviewers like the contrasting and striking look of the Swoosh brand’s logo on the side.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user nitpicks on the laces that do not appear to be the one seen online.
  • A few people are bothered by the creasing on the leather upper.

Bottom line

An iconic silhouette like the Nike Air Force 1 continues to evolve more than three decades after it launched. The Nike Air Force 1 High 07 LV8 1 has remained consistent with its design philosophy of combining comfort and durability.

While AF1 High 07 LV8 1 is now regarded as a lifestyle sneaker and now far from its basketball hardcourt roots, the high-top shoe with straps in the collar continues to mesmerize its fans with a unique color-blocking and a sleek look that will guarantee a few compliments from peers.

Facts

Rankings

A top 5% best sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker

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.

Styling the men’s Nike Air Force 1 High LV8 1 sneakers are quite easy as wearing them with jeans and a shirt. But if you want more streetwear credibility, better pair them with relaxed-fitting trousers or pants or straight-cut jeans, a relaxed tee, and jacket or hoodie.

Donning shorts while wearing this particular model can also create a more pronounced and appealing look keeping the focus on the kicks. The unique color-blocking of the shoe remains to be the reason behind the aesthetic appeal of this shoe. Among its colorways include the white/black/vast grey, midnight navy/black/white/mystic green, and the wolf grey/green abyss/black color options.

The Nike Air Force 1 High '07 LV8 1 incorporates the same basketball-inspired performance features and Velcro ankle strap inspired by the 1980s while adding fresh design details for a sleeker look. It also retained the encapsulated Nike Air unit that provides lightweight cushioning.

The all-leather Nike Air Force 1  shoe was also given a bold color-blocking in the leather overlays to make them more visually striking and eye-catching compared to the usual monochromatic and plain colorways of past iterations. The Swoosh logo was also emphasized in the design with contrasting colors to keep the continuing interest to the more than 30-year-old bestselling model.

The popular Nike Air Force 1 is one of the most iconic and bestselling shoes from the Swoosh brand. It features Nike’s Air technology that has been used in many shoes intended for basketball footwear, running shoes and casual sneakers. Introduced by space engineer Frank Rudy to Phil Knight in 1977, Nike Air technology uses pressurized air enclosed in an air unit in the midsole providing cushioning and a lightweight feel to the shoe.

The Nike Air Force 1 soon came thereafter in 1982 whose name came from the US presidential plane. Veteran designer Bruce Kilgore designed the shoe which is the first footwear model to feature the Nike Air technology embedded in the sole. The Swoosh label intended the shoe as a basketball kick and signed several NBA players that included Bobby Jones, Moses Malone, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, Calvin Natt, and Mychal Thompson during the official launch of the trailblazing basketball kick.

However, production of the Nike Air Force 1 stopped in 1984 and halted for at least two years and was discontinued by the label. However, the Oregon-based shoe manufacturer and retailer saw huge potential for the Air Force 1 and returned the model in circulation in 1986. The shoe has ever since been part of the company’s portfolio producing many iterations varying in material, cuts, colorways, among many others.

The Nike Air Force 1 07 came out in 2007 during the model’s 25th anniversary. In the past iterations, the Nike Air Force 1 had inconsistent stitching in the toe box and was a tad bulky in appearance. With the 25th year anniversary release, however, the brand focused on the built and profile of the shoe making it sleek, slimmer, and lighter. The Swoosh label also finalized only one specific cut for the leather material and stitching on the Air Force 1.

The Nike Air Force 1 High LV8 1 casual shoe has a high-top construction and a Velcro ankle strap to secure the foot and keep it in lockdown. The shoe also has a highly elevated sole as the LV8 name implies. The high top Nike Air Force 1 High LV8 1 sneaker also has a unique and bold color-blocking that differs from the core model but incorporates the same hoops-inspired performance features of the 1982 original design while adding a fresher look to the silhouette.

  • Non-marking rubber in a sleek cupsole design is durable and honors the traditional AF1 look.
  • Padded high-cut collar provides a secure fit and comfort around the ankle.
  • Adjustable ankle strap with hook-and-loop closure sits above traditional laces for a snug fit.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com