Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Super comfortable is the word that most reviewers have used to describe the Nike Air Force 1 Utility reviewers have used.
  • The sneaker is easy to put on and take off, according to several shoe users’ opinions.
  • Most reviewers have commended the pair's fully padded and extended tongue design for providing excellent cushioning.
  • The majority of the consumers have adored the Nike Air Force 1 Utility shoes’ one of a kind style.
  • It is among the Nike sneakers that are built with quality materials, according to a great number of purchasers.
  • Nearly all testers have highly recommended this model.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter claimed that his heels would slide up and down every time he takes a step.
  • Another reviewer thinks the pull-tab design looked awkward and unappealing.

Bottom line

Displaying a detailed utilitarian aesthetic, the Nike Air Force 1 Utility shoes spice up the legendary original AF1 silhouette to offer a different perspective of the classics to today's consumers.

If you are a fan of the AF1 series and are looking for a way to switch things up, then this sneaker might be a worthwhile try for its improved comfort, easier on and off, and unorthodox design.

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Fit & Sizing

The Air Force 1 Utility is among Nike’s casual shoes that are available in men’s sizes. Ladies can still get their hands on it by selecting a size that’s 1.5 smaller than their usual size. So, if they usually get a US size 8 in women’s, then a size 6.5 in men’s would fit perfectly. It fits true to size.

This sneaker swaps the traditional lace-up closure for ballistic nylon straps with magnetic buckles for closure. The buckle provides easier on and off while the chunky straps could be adjusted for a snug and comfortable fit.

This Nike Air Force 1 model displays a unique urban utility aesthetic that’s both stylish and functional. Design details not commonly seen in AF1 sneakers such as straps, buckles, and extended tongue and heel tab provide eye-catching elements to the shoe and your overall ensemble. Pair it with utility pants and a band tee for that sporty street look or flaunt these kicks by matching it with cargo shorts.

This model's most visible and notable differences are its straps and buckle closure, extended tongue, and longer heel pull tab. Its tongue is also fully padded which most consumers found ultra-comfy. The shoe's heel pull tab features a D-ring for easier grip. Finally, it retains its lineage's Air-Sole unit for excellent impact protection.

Taking inspiration from the US presidential plane for its official name, the Swoosh brand introduced the Air Force 1 sneaker in 1982. Nike marketed the shoe as the "Air in the box," as it features the Air technology – the first basketball kick to ever feature this tech.

Legendary Nike designer Bruce Kilgore curated the Air Force 1 and took design cues from a previous hiking cleat silhouette. It became such a hot commodity among sneaker fans of the 80s and started the "colorway" phenomenon. However as with customary practice before the AF1 was shelved after two years in production. But with insistent public demand, Nike reissued the shoe after two years in the archives and has since been an unstoppable force in Nike's lineup.

The Swoosh brand has been dishing out countless iterations of the AF1, and one of them is the Nike Air Force 1 Utility. This adaptation of the classic kick displays exaggerated and extended features for a unique and modern touch. It is offered in Sequoia / gum medium brown / black, spruce fog / volt / light bone / black, black / gum medium brown / white, and volt / black /white.

However, the most popular colorways of the Nike Air Force 1 Utility are black, olive green, and white.

  • Some of the colorways have glow-in-the-dark outsoles.
  • A collaborative AF1 Utility created with workwear brand Carhartt is also available in the market. It displays a camo-printed upper with a gum sole and orange-colored accents.


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