Who should buy the Nike Air Force 1 Low

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The layers of leather, textile lining, foam, and thick rubber sole used in this shoe make it heavy. If you want a lighter alternative, check out the Flyknit version. Most of the leather-made AF1s feel stiff at the start, including this shoe. If you want a pair that breaks in quickly, try the Air Force 1 07 Next Nature.

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A comfy sneaker you can wear sun up to sundown

Many reviewers have reported that this classic Nike Air Force 1 could be worn all day in comfort. Its collar and tongue are amply padded for added comfort.

Nike Air Force 1 Low collar

It’s injected with shock-absorbing Air sole

The injected Air technology is one of the reasons why many people globally have fallen in love with this shoe. It softens the impact and minimizes foot fatigue.  

Nike Air Force 1 Low air sole

Durability is one of the assets of the AF-1s

Those who have tried this on and bought more than just a pair are impressed by its durable leather cover and rubber sole, But it can be a bit heavier than other Nike sneakers such as the Nike Waffles.

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A shoe that’s fitted on and off the court 

Many Air Force 1 Low users noted that this shoe still carries the same tread pattern as the earlier models even after three decades. Some still use this to play non-competitive basketball games and appreciate its superb traction.

Nike Air Force 1 Low traction

Pops in the dark

Some variations come with a reflective side panel which makes you visible even in dark places.

Nike Air Force 1 Low reflective

Styling it up is a no-brainer

Diehard AF-1 users and first-timers find this kick easy to mix and match with many streetwear clothes. It’s an all-rounder that looks even more appealing with a thick sole. This shoe is available in varying textures. Some are made with round, quick-tying shoelaces, while others have flat, cotton laces.

Nike Air Force 1 Low front

Nike Air Force 1 vs. Air Force 1 07

Nike’s Air Force 1 and Air Force 1 07 shoes are essentially the same model. The best way to differentiate them is that the Air Force 1 is the original design from 1982 while the Air Force 1 07 is the retro of the original model that debuted in 2007. And just like every other retro release, the AF1 07 has been slightly altered to appear hipper.

The only noticeable difference between the two models lies in the lace deubré. The OG version has a rounded metal lace lock, while the 07 version displays a square-shaped lace deubré.

Nike Air Force 1 Low history

Nike's iconic shoe designer Bruce Kilgore introduced the revolutionary Air Force 1 in 1982. The low-top model was made specifically to provide better ankle mobility to ballers. It also contained the novel design of putting the Air technology for the first time in basketball shoes.

Besides the Air in the midsole, the outsole was also revamped to cater to the needs of hoops fans. Replacing the tried and tested herringbone pattern was a series of circles better suited for basketball's complex and sudden movements.

Nike suspended the production of this shoe in 1984, only to bring it back two years later due to popular demand. 

Nike Air Force 1 Low facade

Since its re-introduction in the mid-80s, the Air Force 1 resurfaced in multiple varieties. Numerous collaborations with numerous artists and designers subsequently surfaced in the coming years. Several athletes and influential personalities actively supported the Air Force 1s.

Celebrities that donned the AF1

The Nike Air Force 1 low top has inevitably landed on the A-list’s radar and eventually their feet with such massive success. Nelly, an American rapper, even made a song to pay tribute to these iconic sneakers called ‘Air Force Ones.’

Some of the personalities spotted rocking a pair are musicians Jay Z, Fabulous, A$AP Rocky, Fat Joe, Drake, Busta Rhymes, SZA, and Dr. Dre, actors Mark Wahlberg and Chloe Moretz, model Kate Moss, Bella Hadid, and Oliver Cheshire, and athletes Tony Parker, Lebron James, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Allen Iverson.

Colorways and collaborations

Throughout the Nike Air Force 1 Low's existence, it has been available in men's and women's designs. As of 2015, the sneaker was said to be released in over 2,000 iterations – a feat no other sneaker has done since.

Color variations include red crush/sail, black/sail, moon particle/neutral indigo/white/university red. It also appears in medium olive/khaki/velvet brown/white, blue void, yellow ochre, total orange, medium olive/sail. Other variations include ashen slate/sail, baroque brown/army olive/medium olive, and team red.

Very much like its colorways, collaborations are also vast, and some of the popular tie-ups were with Comme des Garcons, A Cold Wall, Dover Street Market, Supreme, Off White, Travis Scott, and Carhartt.

Nice to know

  • Etched in the deubre is the label “AF-1 ‘82” to commemorate the year it was introduced.
  • Variations of the Swoosh logo’s design have also been released. Different textures, colors, and interchangeable ones are some of its examples.
  • Some of the AF1’s updated versions are Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 Style, Air Force 1 ’07,  Air Force 1 Utility, Air Force 1 Sage Low, Air Force 1 Mid ’07, and Air Force 1 Premium Winter.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air, Nike Air Force
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Bruce Kilgore
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, Nubuck

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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.