Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfy: Most of the reviewers find the Nike Air Force 1 Premium wearable throughout the day.
  • Smooth: Many commenters appreciate that the forefoot of the Red Bark doesn't crease.
  • Quality: It's top-notch leather feature looks appealing to a majority of the satisfied buyers.
  • Durable: Several Swoosh fans say it's one of the low-top Nike sneakers that don't wear out quickly.
  • Plush: To a reasonable sum of AF1 followers, the rich detailing on this shoe makes it attractive.  
  • Grippy: A significant number of users are happy that its rubber sole is sticky enough.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Weighty: Plenty of wearers express that it's one of the leather-covered sneakers that feels heavy.
  • Challenge: Dirt tends to stick to some areas on the upper that make cleaning difficult, according to a couple of users.

Bottom line

Nike AF1 gets a high-grade leather treatment with the drop of the Nike Air Force 1 Premium. Avid Air Force 1 and Swoosh followers have the option to swing this style from street to casual wear due to its plush cosmetics. Like the tons of other AF1s, this kick stays comfy and long-lasting.

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Nike Air Force 1 Premium: Luxurious take on the icon

Nike Air Force 1 is traditionally covered in leather, making it one of the most versatile retro-styled kicks by Nike. For this premium version, the Swoosh brand created a better twist to the conventional AF1 by using superior grade leather while keeping the trademark Nike’s air bubble retained in the sole.

From a sleek, all-black variation, the Nike Air Force 1 Premium receives an untreated leather detailing and a snakeskin-appearing cover. Some of Nike Air Force 1 Premium colorways are Black Pack, Vachetta Tan, and Red Bark. 

Nike Air Force 1 Premium and other top-grade AF1s

Below is a quick rundown of the other high-end reinterpretations on the legendary AF1 compared to the luxurious AF1 Premium. 

Nike Air Force 1 Gore-Tex - Like the AF1 Premium sneaker, the Nike AF1 GTX comes with a plush leather finish. This design though is a bit pricier than the premium edition due to its waterproof features.

Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit - This Flyknit model is a non-leather iteration of Nike’s iconic sneaker that uses the advanced knitting technique. It weighs significantly lighter than the Nike Air Force 1 Premium, but it’s more expensive. 


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