Verdict from 8.3 hours of research from the internet

9 users: 4.1 / 5

8 reasons to buy

  • A large number of satisfied buyers stated that this collaborative sneaker is premium made and considered as good value for money.  
  • A hefty sum appreciated the camo printed ripstop cover that gets a luxe military vibe with the gum rubber outsole.
  • A significant quantity of wearers adored the woolen interior, padded tongue and insole that kept their feet protected during the cold months.
  • Some find it interesting that the Swoosh label is displayed at the tip of the strap closure instead of having it emblazoned on the medial side of the shoe.
  • Users liked the large strap with a buckle that works as fastening mechanism across the top of the Nike Air Force 1 Utility Low Premium WIP.
  • The elastic nylon tab at the back that with a buckle that resembles a belt is appreciated by many.
  • The level of protection this sneaker offers is somewhat similar with the thickly stuffed inner sides of Nike SB Dunk Low Pro which is fitted for skateboarding, described by a reviewer.  
  • A considerable sum of the Nike Air Force 1 Utility Low Premium WIP reviews stated that the gum sole offers terrific grip and traction.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A dope shoe like the AF1 Utility Carhartt WIP would have been a lot better if there were more colorway selections, as expressed by a reviewer.

Bottom line

Nike and Carhartt WIP’s reunion produced another head-turner billed as the Nike Air Force 1 Utility Low Premium WIP. Its rugged aesthetic is translated into this fashionable workwear-inspired kick garbed with fine-quality ripstop fabric upper and grippy gum outsole.

The unique and stretchy ballistic nylon strap closure with a magnetic lock and the buckled pull tab on the heel give this shoe a techwear guise and statement look. It isn’t all style without substance as its profusely padded, fleecy interior gives the feet excellent insulation during the cold season.

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This collaborative Air Force 1 UT Low PRM WIP takes the same shape as the Nike AF 1 Low Utility and similar comfort benefits of the generously padded Nike SB Dunk Low. Some narrow footed users went a half size down while wide footed ones recommended ordering your usual sneaker size to achieve a comfy fit.

The uniquely designed elastic strap can be loosened up through the buckle which easily snaps back in place with its magnetic feature. This unisex style is obtainable in men’s sizes from 3.5 to 18 US. Gals can simply subtract 1.5 from their usual size to get their equivalent size in men’s measurements.     

The Carhartt WIP x Nike Air Force 1 Utility Low is an example of how Carhartt Work In Progress merges the rough and rugged style of the wild outdoors with the concrete jungle fashion using the Swoosh classic Air Force 1 as a point of reference.  All strapped up and buckled in, this workwear-inspired remake of the classic AF1 is well insulated to keep you stylish any time of the day even under dropping wind chill temp. Get that high street form without going over the top by pairing this Air Force 1 version by Nike in Green/ Total Orange/ Bgum Light Brown with olive thermal track pants, dark grey joggers, burgundy long johns, or black leather bottoms.   

The Nike Air Force 1 Utility Low Premium x Carhartt WIP warms the heart – and feet -- with its winsome quality, built, comfort, and style that’s crafted to last for a protracted time. The exterior is made of excellent quality ripstop textile, dressed with durable Tiger camo print, and safeguarded by an exceptional set of elastic laces with a one-of-a-kind securing system. Its generously insulated interior and liberally cushioned, Air-infused sole offer protection and support particularly during autumn and winter.  

Carhartt WIP (Work In Progress), the streetwear licensee of Carhartt, maker of heavy-duty outdoor apparel and workboots, hooked up with Nike for an impressive fashion-forward sneaker lineup. Together, these titans tossed in four fashionable workwear-driven foot gears for style-conscious sneaker buffs.

The Nike x Carhartt WIP winter-ready roster that reached retailers on December 6, 2018, includes the Nike Air Force 1 Utility Low Premium WIP, Nike Air Force 1 Low x Carhartt WIP, Nike x Carhartt WIP Vandal High, and the Nike x Carhartt WIP Air Max 95.

Having the Carhartt trademark attached to these shoes is a giveaway to the degree of comfort and durability that can be expected from such profiles. Carhartt, which has been around since 1889 as a producer of rugged workwear with an exceptional standard of quality, continues to earn the respect of American skilled workforce generations after generations. In 1989, the Carhartt WIP was forged as a street style segment while adapting the legacy of its master brand.

The collaboration between Carhartt WIP and the Swoosh label brings forward street-appropriate ruggedness with a compelling sense of classic-meets-contemporary fashion. The Nike x Carhartt WIP Air Force 1 Utility Low Premium, in particular, gets long-lasting outer protection made of tiger ripstop instead of the usual canvas or leather. Inside, the feet are warmed up by a soft and comfortable fleece lining. The ballistic nylon strap that screams on top is secured magnetically for that total locked down fit.

  • “WIP” stands for Work In Progress.
  • The upper is built with a woven duck canvas and camouflage printed ripstop textile.
  • Carhartt logo appears on the right sneaker tongue, while the Nike symbol takes the left tongue.
  • Miniature Swoosh and braille detailing are displayed on the heel buckle tab.
  • The fully adjustable midfoot strap offers a customized fit.
  • Triple stitches reinforce the upper.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.