Size and fit

An AF1 shoe that is exclusively for women, men may still grab a pair of these stylish kicks by adding at least 1.5 in sizing to accommodate their foot size. This low-top shoe also offers extra freedom for ankle movement and delivers lightweight comfort with its foam midsole.

Nike Air Force 1 Shadow Style

Unique in its own way with a powerful message behind its distinctive design, the Nike Air Force 1 Shadow delivers a style with character. Its notable layered design adds more edge to its appeal and brings out your creativity and boldness in style as it offers you the freedom to experiment with your look.

                 Styling tips when wearing your Nike Air Force 1 Shadow

The Nike Air Force 1 Shadow delivers versatility in its stylishly distinctive design that allows you to rock this pair on various occasions with a wide variety of outfit ideas. Whether you want to stay casual or take your look up a notch, this low-top platform shoe complements your look fashionably. Here are a couple of outfit ideas that you can wear with your Air Force 1 Shadow:

  • Cute bohemian mini dress.
  • Spaghetti-strap crop top blouse with a leather jacket on top and a pair of vintage high-waisted mini skirt.
  • Loose crop top and high-waisted skinny jeans or leather pants.
  • Crop top and shorts.
  • Oversized shirt or hoodie and shorts.
  • Pullover hoodies and jeans or joggers.

Notable Features

Keeping things true to its roots, the Nike Air Force 1 Shadow carries the true and iconic shape of its main predecessor, the Air Force 1 silhouette. This version of the classic AF1 is to honor the women who bravely continue to set examples and become “forces” of the community for the next generations to follow. 

This tribute is evidently displayed as the double-layered accents that are being explored by the brand through color combinations that resemble a “shadow-like” effect. That design accent is also a reflection of these women’s admirable character which delivers the message “double the force” expressed from the doubled Swooshes, doubled mudguards, doubled eye stays, doubled heel tabs, and doubled height of the shoe as it is finished off with a platform sole.

Nike Air Force 1 Shadow History

In 1982, Bruce Kilgore, Nike’s iconic and renowned shoe designer, introduced the “revolutionary” silhouette, the Nike Air Force 1. The low-top AF1 was released for the purpose of giving movement freedom and adding more variety for those who play basketball. The model also featured the unorthodox design of making basketball shoes with the brand’s Air Technology for the first time.

The outsole of the sneaker was also reconstructed to meet the needs of the basketball enthusiasts. The new outsole design replaced the tested herringbone pattern with a series of circular patterns that suit better with the quick movements of basketball.

In 1984, the Swoosh brand stopped the production of the silhouette, but then it resumed again due to “popular demand.” In 1986, the decision of bringing back the production of the shoe was considered questionable but then it resulted in proving that resuming the production of the AF1 was somehow a decision that molded the sneaker industry.

                 AF1 renditions

From colorways to design tweaks, the Air Force 1 low-top has witnessed various re-releases both as a new version of the sneaker or a collaborative release for both men and women. Along with it were endorsements from global top athletes, renowned artists, and big names in the fashion industry. The height of its popularity continues to prove that the AF1 is one of the staple sneakers in the industry up until the present, and might as well be in the coming future.

In 2015, the silhouette has achieved a feat that no other sneaker in history has ever done: it was reportedly released for over 2,000 versions. With that alone in consideration, it would take a while for someone to quickly list down all the released variations of the AF1. 

Among these renditions of the Air Force 1 is the Nike Air Force 1 Shadow which was introduced in 2019. This version of the iconic sneaker was made exclusively for women as it also serves as a tribute to all the exemplary women in the world.

Nice to know

  • In January 2020, the Nike brand introduced a version of the AF 1 Shadow with removable patches. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air, Nike Air Force
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Cup Sole
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.