Size and fit

This upgraded iconic silhouette is available for both gender’s sizing. Men and women can cop these pairs as there are a wide variety of sizes in the market. However, it is advised to go a full size up for those with wider feet.

Crafted from a mix of stitched leather and mesh, breathability and comfort are provided. With a lace-up fastening system, one can assure a more secure fit. 

Nike Air Force 1 React Style

Transforming one of Nike’s most popular silhouettes, the Nike Air Force React 1 is a combination of the brand’s Nike Air Force 1 style being updated with React technology. Retaining the original silhouette, the mesh and leather upper is slightly revamped with experimental panel shapes and cored-out sections. A bright red horizontal line curves around the back of the shoe, broken up with ‘AIR’ lettering that’s normally seen on the typical AF-1. 

The shoe’s minimal colorway and design make it easy to style with anything in one’s wardrobe effortlessly. These kicks are wearable with almost everything, from a pair of jeans, denim, sweatpants, shorts or even tapered joggers and topped with plain but stylish shirts or button-downs. Basically,  with its unbeatable design and excellent comfort, its style just goes with any outfits and can be a staple all-year-round. 

Notable Features

The 1982 timeless icon gets a new-age modification marrying two of Nike’s most popular designs, the classic AF1 style with the exceptional comfort of the React technology. On the upper, leather is mostly the material used with mesh underlays on the mid panel. An oversized printed version of the Swoosh outline with wavy eyestays replaces the original logo, with a ‘D/MS/X’ branding that adds an extra touch of modern branding to the heel area. Replacing the classic bar on the heel is a TPU strip. 

Nevertheless, the main star is hidden inside the shoes. The traditional midsole is swapped out for a full-length footbed that features the Nike React technology, providing extreme underfoot comfort. An Air-Sole unit heel ramp features responsive cushioning and springy comfort. As for the outsole, Nike React details are incorporated in it, replacing the iconic stars with a wavy React-inspired pattern.

Nike Air Force 1 React History

In 1964, the world’s leading sports brand Nike was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports by Bill Bowerman, a track-and-field coach at the University of Oregon, and his former student Phil Knight. This teacher-student tandem invested $500 to import Tiger shoes from Japan to sell them in the United States. They then opened their first retail outlet in 1966 and officially became Nike, which the company takes the name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in 1971. A year later, they launched the Nike brand in 1972. 

Nike has various lines within the brand and one of them is DIMSIX. Initially known as one of the original options for re-naming Blue Ribbon Sports, D/MS/X is a play on one of the original choices, which was Phil Knight’s favorite option. The Swoosh brand is now using D/MS/X as a kind of sub-brand that brings new models and new takes on classics.

This lineage has recently dropped another creation earlier this year that is inspired by the 1982’s Air Force 1. The icon’s silhouette has been unchanged until this year when Nike remixed it with the React technology for a more modern update. A must-cop hybrid, the Nike Air Force 1 React, which incorporates incomparable comfort and technology,  is one of the better contemporary executions that creates a futuristic take on the cult classic. 

Nice to know

  • A Ramp Air unit is embedded in the heel. 
  • D/MS/X is Nike’s third member of THE10TH collection, which celebrates the brand's 'experimentation, vanguard style and utilitarian problem-solving. 
  • Perforations are found on the toe cap for ventilation. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air, Nike Air Force, Nike React
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole / Fabric
Technology: Air Cushion

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.