Leather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
The material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
Suede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
The most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
At the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
The tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
The skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Also known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Although breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Fit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
Vegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
Style never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
Sneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
Also dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
In the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
Oversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
These are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
Adidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
Adidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
A midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
The Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
The Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
The top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
One of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
Vans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
These are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
These must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
Still retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
Sneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Easily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
Sneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
In the fast-paced world of sneakers, only a few models last. And based on the most enduring sneaker styles they almost always display a simple and minimal design. These true classics go beyond trends and graduate to being wardrobe staples. Additionally, these long-lasting sneakers oftentimes have the ability to get both sneaker fanatics and the masses' approval. Enduring shoe models that tend to sell well are the white leather styles, and for Nike, one exceptional sneaker belongs in this category – the Nike Air Force 1.
First introduced in 1982 as the "Air in a box," the sneaker world was at that time still clueless of how Nike Air Force 1 sneakers would soon become iconic and alter the game. The shoe's clean, crisp lines and beefy midsoles have captivated the consumer's attention and continued to tickle their fancy even after thirty years of being in the game. Since its inception as the first hoops shoe with the Nike Air technology, it has come a long way and has popularly taken over the hardwood, the streets, and the core of hip-hop culture. It also packs with it a rich history and over 2,000 variations to date. Dive into this in-depth exploration of the sneaker icon if you want to know more.
The DNA of Nike Air Force 1 shoes
Although sold today in three different silhouettes and countless variations, there is a combination of signature attributes that only Air Force 1 shoes possess. These tiny details are what make the AF1 distinct and recognizable from its siblings and other shoes with almost identical features.
Chunky midsoles with subtle linear pattern design
Prior to the Air Force 1's beefy midsoles, hoop sneakers displayed a rather slim midsole profile. Thanks in part to the addition of Nike's Air technology to the shoe, its noticeably thicker design presented a fresh look and caught the attention of on-lookers. Finished off with a faint linear pattern, stitching detail, and AIR branding, the Nike Air Force 1 had hit the jackpot in creating its iconic midsole design.
Overlays that wrap around the toebox, eyestays, and heel area
These overlays provide not only strong reinforcements but also partitions in the shoe's upper that allow freedom in the artistic play of contrasting colors and textures. Regularly topped off with the iconic Swoosh logo, the combination of all these design elements could exclusively be associated to Nike Air Force 1 shoes.
Perforation detailing in the toebox
This design element could arguably be the first detail that most consumers notice on the AF1. Aside from providing enhanced breathability these holes also elevate the shoe’s overall design by adding stylish textures in contrast to the clean lines.
Signature outsole design with two pivot points
This circular outsole tread pattern called the "pivot points" was the first of its kind and had become equated to Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. Before the AF1 was introduced, most basketball shoes featured the classic herringbone pattern. But Kilgore wanted to innovate, so he used the players' "pivot move" as an inspiration. This cutting-edge outsole design made the AF1 a hoops kick through and through.
Sizing Guide: How do AF1s fit?
Due to innovation and consumers' hectic lifestyles, online shopping has risen in popularity. Shopaholics and people who are always on the go are constantly tempted by the convenience and appealing advertisements that online shopping presents. But just like anything and everything shopping online also comes with its advantages. Take for instance the horrific reviews we've read and seen online of an item such as shoes received in the wrong size. To stay in context, we've gathered essential information about the general sizing of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers to help connoisseurs and first-time purchasers.
This portion presents a comprehensive sizing guide on Nike Air Force 1 shoes. Bear in mind that each sneaker model could have a different fit from previous releases due to a difference in material or other small design detail. Moreover, each foot is shaped and sized uniquely which could be the reason why you could be having a different experience and fit from the person next to you.
Nike's adult sizing is based on U.S. standard shoe sizes with a difference of one between men and women's sizes. According to their size chart, men's shoe sizes are one size bigger compared to the women's sizes.
Check out some Nike Air Force 1 sneakers below grouped according to users’ sizing feedback.
The aesthetic of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers remains generally unchanged since its introduction in the 80s. Almost all releases still don the basic DNA of the original AF1's simple and retro yet classic design. But with thousands of different models to choose from, knowing the main distinctions among different Nike Air Force 1 shoes could be helpful in deciding for your next sneaker purchase.
This part examines the different AF1 models to assist you in an informed purchase. It is divided into two categories: design-based distinctions and famous series or packs.
This first group presents the different design elements of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
According to Silhouette Types
Initially introduced to the hoop court as a high-top kick, Nike Air Force 1 shoes were eventually made available in all silhouette types. Given the shoe’s fame and longevity, releasing it in low-top, mid-top, and high-top profiles were inevitable. Get to know each silhouette’s characteristics below.
Low-top (collar is lower than the ankle)
The low-top silhouette is the most popular and most celebrated out of the three. It features all the classic design elements of the Air Force 1 lineage and serves as the foundation of the other two silhouettes. Typically referred to as simply the ‘Nike Air Force 1,’ this profile has been the most reinterpreted and most preferred by consumers due to its simplicity and versatility. Check out some of its iterations below.
Aside from the difference in height, the mid comes with a fixed ankle strap, offering more ankle support and protection compared to the low-top design. Unlike other mid-top sneakers, the Nike Air Force 1 Mid's collar design took after the original Air Force 1 and displayed a slanted collar angled lower towards the rear part. This unique detail was first seen on the original Nike Air Force 1 shoes.
Note that Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with official names that include the abbreviation ‘SF,' which means Special Forces, have a more exaggerated height than normal AF1s. Nike SF Air Force 1 sneakers with mid silhouettes appear to look like a high-top when compared to regular mid-top shoes. Here are examples of AF1 shoes with a mid-top profile.
The original Nike Air Force 1 debuted in this silhouette. The designer took inspiration from one of the brand’s hiking boots called the Nike Approach, which also featured a slanted collar. Unlike the mid’s connected strap, the high-top Air Force 1s come with a removable Velcro ankle strap.
Just like Nike SF Air Force 1s with a mid-top silhouette, high-top AF1s with SF in their official names exhibit an exaggerated height in comparison to the standard high-tops. Nike SF Air Force 1 Hi sneakers look almost like combat boots rather than a high-top sneaker, and it features two ankle straps.
Nike Air Force 1 sneakers crafted from leather materials are the most popular type in the market. But as with any other enduring sneaker model, different iterations are made continuously available to provide consumers with as many options as possible.
A shoe's upper material is commonly the deciding factor for most consumers as it has a significant effect on how long the shoe will last and how comfortable it will feel on feet. Below are some of the materials used on Nike Air Force 1 shoes by far.
The first ever Nike Air Force 1 sneaker model was crafted from leather material. With the success of this leather-crafted AF1 shoe and being that traditions and habits are hard to break most of the collection's releases were also made from leather. Maybe because of its durability and ability to shape after the wearer's feet the most popular Air Force 1 models come with leather uppers. Here are some Nike Air Force 1 sneakers crafted from sturdy leather.
Nike Air Force 1 UltraForce Leather
Nike Air Force 1 LV8 Leather
With roots ingrained in the sports of basketball, it is understandable that the Nike AF1s are seldom designed with canvas for its upper. However, in the spirit of variety and satisfying the market's needs, there are a few models available with a canvas upper. Generally, sneakers crafted from canvas provide excellent ventilation and lightweight. Note that although these Nike Air Force 1 sneakers have a predominantly canvas upper there are still leather reinforcements provided. Below are examples of Nike Air Force 1s with canvas uppers.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Canvas
Nike Air Force 1 High 07 Canvas
Nike Air Force 1 Mid 07 Canvas
Just like almost every other retro sneaker the AF1 also received a modern update in the form of the brand's latest upper technology called the Flyknit. Most Nike Air Force 1 sneakers with a Flyknit upper also utilize the brand's FlyWire lacing system. This combination of modern features applied on the AF1 offer long-time fans with a sock-like fit that's breathable, lightweight, and supportive. Take a look at a couple of Flyknit AF1s below.
A close relative of leather, suede provides the same durability and support as its counterpart but offers a more premium look and feel to the shoe that enhances its overall aesthetic and value. Known for its short bristled look, suede exudes a lush appearance that instantly appeals to most fashion-savvy consumers. Check out these stylish Nike Air Force 1 sneakers crafted from suede.
Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 Suede
Nike Air Force 1 07 Premium Suede
Famous Series or Packs
This second group discusses various series and packs that the AF1 has been released in. Each pack consists of several Nike Air Force 1 shoes that belong in the same range and share similar design elements.
Nike SF Air Force 1
This series first debuted during the 35th anniversary of the OG AF1 and was created by Ben Kirschner. The Nike Special Field Air Force 1s combine design elements from the Special Field Boot and the OG Air Force 1. It is basically the AF1 with military-inspired details and materials.
Materials used on these sneakers are intentionally more durable than regular Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. SF AF 1s are often crafted from full ballistic nylon, suede, or full-grain leather materials.
Being inspired by a pair of combat boots, the silhouettes of these shoes display taller height than regular sneakers. The mid-top models look more like a high-top while high-top ones look like full-pledged boots.
Nike Air Force 1 sneakers that fall under this series feature more design details than the regular ones. Details such as multiple Velcro straps, zippers, an extended tongue, and heel pull loops can be seen on Nike SF Air Force 1 sneakers.
Nike Air Force 1 07
The Nike Air Force 1 07 series is basically the reissue of the original AF1 sneakers. The shoes included in this pack retains the classic and authentic silhouette of its predecessor but is now crafted from updated materials and could have a slight difference in sizing compared to the OG release. Also, the Nike Air Force 1 07 sneakers’ colorways display retro hues that were seen during the AF1’s earlier years.
Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8
Building on the Nike Air Force 1 07’s modern tooling, sneakers in this category received aesthetic enhancements and “elevated” style. From allover prints to color blocking and stylish textures, sneakers in the Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8 range provide consumers with contemporary pairs that could add oomph to their ensembles.
Notable colorways and collaborations of Nike Air Force 1 shoes
One of the many reasons why Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are long-lasting is because of the constant and countless iterations being re-released time and time. Unique colorways and collaborative pieces help keep its legacy alive and somewhat serve as a reinvention and reintroduction of the shoe to newer generations of sneaker fans. Here are some of the most popular colorways and collaborative pieces of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Easter Egg”
Released in 2006, this Air Force 1 model comes bathed in a fun combination of pastel colors. Released when BAPE was super famous, the shoe is said to be inspired by BAPE's play of striking hues for its colorways. This colorful sneaker has been re-released multiple times in the past with the latest in 2018. The 2018 version is called the Nike Air Force 1 Easter 18, and it features Easter egg branding on its tongue.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “LA”
As the shoe’s name suggests, this pair’s colorway takes after the city of Los Angeles’ official colors: Canyon Gold and Deep Purple. This colorway has also been released several times since its introduction in 2001. The 2016 version is the most coveted release so far as it displays a more wearable simple design with a predominantly white upper and accents of Canyon Gold and a tiny hint of Deep Purple.
Nike Air Force 1 “Flax Wheat”
One of the Swoosh brand’s well-loved colorway is the Flax Wheat or simply called ‘Wheat.’ Inspired by Timberland’s famous boots, Nike created their own version and always proves to be a hit every time they apply it on a sneaker model. For Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, the wheat colored upper almost always extends all the way to the outsole by incorporating a gum rubber sole.
Nike Air Force 1 “White on White”
AF1s in this colorway are considered one of the best-selling shoes of all time. It is also this colorway that Nike Air Force sneakers are most recognized in. The simple and plain color gave focus to the clean, crisp lines on its upper, which most consumers adored. Sneaker historians remain undecided on this colorway's official debut date, but it doesn't matter to most enthusiasts as the white Air Force 1 had already made its impact and secured its name in pop culture.
Nike Air Force 1 “Black on Black”
Just like its white counterpart, the black Nike Air Force 1 shoe is considered a strong contender when it comes to sales figures. The black on black color scheme is the second best selling colorway in the history of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. Mainly coveted for its versatility and simplicity, black AF1s offered consumers with a more mysterious and stain-camouflaging option for every day.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1
Arguably the biggest streetwear brand, Supreme has done partnerships with almost every giant sports brand in existence. Supreme and Nike, in particular, have had a long and impressive history of teaming up and it's almost certain that every collaborative release would always sell out in hours. Check out some of the famous sneaker models that Supreme and Nike have created below.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 “Camo”
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 “World Famous”
Playstation x Nike Air Force 1
Playstation and Nike Air Force 1's first collaborative piece debuted in 2006. This sneaker's upper is crafted from patent leather, which exuded an eye-grabbing finish. Fast-forward to 2018 the two brands teamed up again to release a Quickstrike version, This time the shoe exhibited a more elegant demeanor that took design cues from the innovative design of the PlayStation 4. It is crafted from matte premium leather with hints of patent leather and a translucent outsole for better aesthetics.
Comme des Garcons x Nike Air Force 1
The Swoosh Company and Comme des Garcons have acquainted and reacquainted a couple of times in the past through collaborative pieces. One of Nike’s sneakers that got imprinted by the Japanese brand is the Nike Air Force 1. Their 2016 collaboration featured the original design of the AF1 with an additional forefoot strap clad in CDG’s heart logo.
A year later, a three-way partnership ensued this time tagging along streetwear brand Supreme. This sneaker model featured eyes on the rear part of the upper, which garnered divided opinions amongst consumers. However, it was still a massive success as it instantly sold out.
Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1
The partnership between Travis and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers was first announced in late 2017. The shoe was released as part of the AF-100 Collection which celebrated the OG AF1's 35th anniversary. The Air Force 1 Low ‘Travis Scott' plays around with the classic white on white colorway by way of multicolored reflective details, removable Swoosh logos, and detachable tongue patches that give a nod to Scott's label called Cactus Jack Records.
Rumors of another AF1 collaboration with Scott have been circling the interwebs so keeping up with the latest sneaker news is recommended if you wish to get your hands on a pair of the next Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to clean white Nike Air Force 1 sneakers?
The most popular Air Force 1 colorway remains high in demand due to its simplicity, versatility, and established reputation in the sneaker world. You can keep those white kicks looking pristine longer by following the steps below. Keep in mind that washing your sneakers as soon as they get dirty help to prevent permanent staining and minimize the difficulty in removing them.
Step 1: Clean the uppers
The original white Air Force 1 sneakers’ upper is crafted from leather with some mesh patches. Start by making a solution of warm water and sneaker shampoo or detergent. Take a leather brush and dip it into the solution and gently scrub the upper in circular motions to get rid of dirt and stains. Lastly, wipe everything away with a damp cloth.
Step 2: Don’t forget about the soles
First, clap the outsoles of the shoes together to get rid of any loose dirt and mud on the sole then wipe away bulks of soil with a damp cloth. For stuck dirt and mud in the creases of your Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, take a toothbrush and scrub the area clean.
Step 3: Remove scuffs, if any
To get rid of scuffs the easiest way is to get toothpaste and a toothbrush and scrub it until it goes away.
Step 4: Make sure ankle straps and shoelaces are also clean
To clean the outer part of the ankle straps of your mid- or high-top Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, apply the same process as Step 1. For the Velcro part, you can brush it using a dry toothbrush. Lastly, for the shoelaces, soak it in detergent and warm water solution for 30 minutes then scrub dirt and stains with a toothbrush. Or you can always replace it by purchasing a new pair of shoelaces.
Can Nike Air Force 1 shoes go into the washing machine?
Some consumers have sworn that the AF1s are safe for machine wash cleansing, but experts do not recommend it as it can ruin the shoe's fibers and shape and shorten its lifespan. To properly care for your Nike Air Force 1 sneakers please refer to the steps above.
How to customize a pair of Air Force 1s?
There are two ways in which you can freely customize your Nike Air Force 1 sneakers: you can choose between the DIY route or through Nike's official customization program called the NikeiD. The DIY option is best recommended for artists and for people who can draw or paint. Although there are tutorials online on how you can personalize your AF1s, non-artists are at higher risk of sabotaging their pair. Hence to avoid messing your sneaker up and wasting money you just spent, it is best to go to NikeiD's official website and do your customizing there.
In the website, you can choose from low-, mid-, and high-top silhouettes and create your own colorways or apply letters and numbers to create your one of a kind Nike Air Force 1 sneaker.
Can these sneakers be used for basketball? How about skateboarding?
Although rooted in the sport of basketball, Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are marketed as a lifestyle shoe today. Yes, some consumers still use it to play ball while others in skateboarding, but its leather uppers pose to be an issue for today's modern consumer, as it feels heavier than most knit-crafted sports shoes today. Also, sneaker enthusiasts refuse to ruin an otherwise perfect pair of Nike Air Force 1 shoes by using it in any sports activities.
Are Nike Air Force 1 shoes comfortable?
Equipped with the brand's Air cushioning technology, Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are known to provide adequate comfort to its users. Moreover, feedbacks from consumers about its comfort have generally been positive but, as expected, others have been comparing this shoe's comfort to that of today's modern sneaker.
When put in comparison to today's latest sneaker trend of sock-like fit, breathable and stretchable upper, and an overall lightweight feel the original Air Force 1 would naturally appear to be the inferior one. However, the AF1's comfort is generally satisfying that new and long-time fans continue to patronize it.
How much is the average price of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers?
The Nike Air Force 1 range houses various sneakers with different levels of specialty and prominence that each type comes in a different price range. These levels are divided into four: Ordinary General Release (GR), Premium General Release, the Special Forces range, and the collaborative pieces. For a breakdown of each level’s latest price range, please refer below.
Ordinary General Release: $90 to $100
Nike Air Force 1 07
Nike Air Force 1 Mid 07
Nike Air Force 1 07 LV8
Premium General Release: $100 - $140
Nike Air Force 1 Low Retro QS
Nike Air Force 1 Jester XX
Nike Air Force 1 Upstep LX
Special Forces (SF) Range: $160 - $180
Nike SF Air Force 1 Mid
Nike SF Air Force 1
Nike SF Air Force 1 Hi
Collaborative Nike Air Force 1 sneakers that are on the resell market: $455 - $5,000
NikeLab x Vlone Air Force 1
Nike Air Force 1 ’07 x Virgil x MoMA
Nike Air Force 1 x OFF-WHITE
How to style Nike Air Force 1 sneakers?
With its beefy design, crisp lines, and versatility, the Nike Air Force 1s has captured the hearts of generations and generations of consumers. After over three decades of existence, the shoe remains a hot commodity among sneaker fans and fashion-savvy customers. It witnessed a lot of trends whither away and had been dressed in countless outfits, but one thing remains the same: the AF1s are a stylish pair of sneakers. Below are some of the latest ways to style your Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
Nike Air Force 1 Low:
Effortless cool: round neck T-shirt and sweat shorts combo accessorized with a pair of high socks, a dad hat, and a slim Cuban Link chain.
Athleisure: joggers, round neck T-shirt, finished with a bomber jacket.
Vintage vibes: cropped trousers, striped or printed tee, accessorized by colored socks and a beanie.
Nike Air Force 1 Mid and High:
Sporty casual: basketball shorts, sweatshirt, dad hat, and high socks.
Old-school hip-hop: loose jeans, T-shirt or polo shirt, gold chain, and cap. Nike Air Force 1 Mid and High:
Nike Air Force 1 Low:
Cute and sporty: a mini skirt or short shorts, a hoodie, and an oversized bomber jacket.
Girl-next-door: skinny jeans, a sweater, and a cap.
Sultry casual: Bodycon midi dress and high socks.
Nike Air Force 1 Mid and High:
Vintage street: High-waisted jeans, vintage shirt, and hoop earrings.
Modern athleisure: Biker shorts, cropped top, and high socks.
Fun Facts: Nike Air Force 1 sneakers’ history and contribution to Pop Culture
Bruce Kilgore was the mastermind behind the very first Nike Air Force 1 sneaker design. Kilgore also created the following Nike silhouettes: Avenger, Adversary, Air Ace, Air Pressure, Air Jordan II, and Sock Racer. He was also an appliance and car designer.
The Nike Air Force 1 is the first ever basketball shoe to contain an Air unit in the sole, which paved the way for the technological craze in the sneaker world in the 80s.
It is the very first Nike shoe ever to be "retro'd."
The sneaker was inspired by the brand's hiking boot called Approach.
Nike commissioned six NBA stars to promote the then newly released sneaker. The players were Jamaal Wilkes, Mychal Thompson, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, Calvin Natt, and Michael Cooper.
The Air Force 1 Low was introduced in 1983 in hopes to appeal to a broader audience, which is now obviously successful, while the white on white colorway wasn't released until the latter part of the 90s.
Nike Air Force 1 sneakers became a status symbol for hustlers and drug dealers from the East Coast.
In the 80s, several sneaker shops in Baltimore started a "Color of the Month Club" where new colorways of Nike Air Force 2 sneakers were being introduced every month, which sneakerheads absolutely
This shoe birthed the concepts of limited edition drops, collaborative sneakers, and sneaker collecting. In other words, these ideas wouldn't exist if it weren't for Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
Rapper Jay-Z immensely helped in establishing the reputation of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers in the culture of hip-hop.
Several rappers made songs or mentioned the AF1s in their music. Jay-Z talked about Nike Air Force 1 sneakers in the song "Can I Live II," The Diplomats with "What's Really Good," and Nelly with "Air Force Ones."
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