Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid
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Overview of this review
Size and fit
The Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid is offered in both men's and women’s sizes. This kick reportedly runs bigger than standard sizes, hence fitting in person is best recommended.
Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid Style
Although the low-tops are the most famous out of all the Air Force 1 silhouettes, the mid-tops boast more support compared to the lows and an easier use compared to the high-tops. Just like its siblings, the Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid exhibits a head-turning style that could enhance any outfit in a snap. It could easily be paired with jeans, shorts, or joggers, or opt for a pair of cuffed hem bottoms to showcase its mid-top profile better. Ladies would look great when they match this kick with shorts, skirts, dresses, or leggings.
The Nike SF Air Force Mid 1 is available in a medley of colorways, but the Obsidian and Triple Ivory colorways are the crowd favorite.
This pair's mid-top profile can be easily spotted from far away. Its simplistic and clean design is adorned with a Velcro-strap on the shoe's collar, a double zipper at the heel, and a military-like text printed on the kick's lateral sides that contribute to the shoe's overall utilitarian design. A pull-tab is placed on the heel as an aid in putting it on, while the double zipper allows for easy entry and removal. Aside from its visual purpose, the Velcro strap serves as a closure system that offers a lockdown fit.
Perforation detailing are placed on the kick's toebox along with four holes with metal aglets on both sides of the shoe that provide maximum ventilation to keep your feet dry and airy. Lastly, an Air-sole unit is located in the heel for shock absorption and responsive cushioning.
Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid History
The brainchild of designer Bruce Kilgore, the Nike Air Force 1 was introduced as a basketball shoe advertised simply as the ‘Air in a box.' Kilgore drew inspiration from a Nike hiking cleat that slanted from front to back, angled towards the Achilles, which provided support and flexibility at the same time. The Air Force 1 is the first basketball shoe that featured the brand's Air technology in the hopes of providing impact absorption during heavy landings, jumping, and immediate re-jumping.
Launched in 1982, the Air Force 1 came in a high-top silhouette with a removable ankle strap and a neutral white-grey colorway. As part of the brand's marketing strategy, Nike signed six NBA players – Moses Malone, Jamaal Wilkes, Mychal Thompson, Michael Cooper, Bobby Jones, and Calvin Natt – that helped define the shoe's overall identity in the following years.
In 1983, a low-top version of the Air Force 1 in an all-white colorway was introduced to the public with an aim for a broader appeal than its predecessor's performance-driven high-top silhouette. The Original Six NBA players received their own pair in their respective team's colorways, which prompted three retail stores from Baltimore to pitch an idea deemed as ‘crazy' during that time. Cinderella Shoes, Charley Rudo, and Downtown Locker Room wanted Nike to produce exclusive shoes for their shops. This trio of stores helped catapult the Nike Air Force 1 Low's popularity by releasing different colorways every month.
But as a practice during that time, a shoe is only available in a certain amount of time and is eventually discontinued to make way for the next model and next technology, so in 1984 the Air Force 1 range was shelved. The shoe's fans didn't have enough of the sneaker yet and were determined to get a hold of new colorways that they began customizing their own pairs. Finally, in 1986, Nike caved in, and retro'ed their first shoe through a few stores in the East Coast.
Since then, the Air Force 1s have been a staple in the streets of the U.S and became a "Holy Grail" in the hip-hop and sneaker scene. Rappers like Jay-Z and The Diplomats have name-dropped the shoe in their songs, while Nelly made an entire song dedicated to the Nike Air Force 1s. Moreover, the shoe has been released in at least 2000 iterations as of 2015, which no other sneaker has ever done.
In 2017, Nike released a mid-top version of the military-inspired SF Air Force 1s with a few updates. The Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid retained most of the original high-top's blueprint by utilizing ballistic nylon and leather upper and buckled cross straps. But new additions like a double zipper opening at the rear, a slightly lower profile, and a heel tab offered something new to the SF Air Force 1 fans. This kick is available in an array of stylish colorways for both men and women.
- The SF in the name of the shoe means “Special Field.”
- The Air Force 1 range derived its name from the aircraft that carries the U.S. President.
- The Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid also comes in colorways that pay homage to different U.S. cities such as Baltimore and Los Angeles.