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    Nike Air Force 1
    Nike Air Force 1 '07  DD8959-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DD8959-001
    • £99
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DR0144-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DR0144-100
    • £109
    Nike Air Force 1 Sculpt DC3590-102
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Sculpt
    • DC3590-102
    • £70
    Nike Air Force 1 High Sculpt DC3590-101
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 High Sculpt
    • DC3590-101
    • £65
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CW2288-111
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CW2288-111
    • £99
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CW2288-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CW2288-001
    • £99
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CT2302-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CT2302-100
    • £99
    Nike Air Force 1 Pixel CK6649-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Pixel
    • CK6649-200
    • £89.99
    Nike Air Force 1 Shadow CI0919-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Shadow
    • CI0919-100
    • £109
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DR3101-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DR3101-100
    • £114.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Sculpt DQ9325-300
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Sculpt
    • DQ9325-300
    • £100
    Nike Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM DJ9946-600
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM
    • DJ9946-600
    • £109.95
    Nike Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM DJ9946-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM
    • DJ9946-200
    • £109.95
    Nike Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM DJ9946-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM
    • DJ9946-100
    • £109.95
    Nike Air Force 1 React DH7615-101
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 React
    • DH7615-101
    • £94.99
    Nike Force 1 LE DH2926-111
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LE
    • DH2926-111
    • £38
    Nike Force 1 LE DH2925-111
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LE
    • DH2925-111
    • £47.95
    Nike Air Force 1 LE DH2920-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LE
    • DH2920-001
    • £64.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Fontanka DH1290-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Fontanka
    • DH1290-100
    • £99.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Fontanka DH1290-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Fontanka
    • DH1290-001
    • £99.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Fontanka DA7024-101
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Fontanka
    • DA7024-101
    • £75
    Nike Force 1 LV8 Utility AV4273-100
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LV8 Utility
    • AV4273-100
    • £44.95
    Nike Force 1 LV8 Utility  AV4272-100
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LV8 Utility
    • AV4272-100
    • £54.95
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 315115-152
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • 315115-152
    • £99.99
    Nike Air Force 1 Fontanka DV3211-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Fontanka
    • DV3211-100
    • £109.95
    Nike Force 1 LV8 DM4253-100
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LV8
    • DM4253-100
    • £49.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Crater Flyknit Next Nature DM0590-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Crater Flyknit Next Nature
    • DM0590-100
    • £109.95
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 LV8 DM0118-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 LV8
    • DM0118-100
    • £109
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 SE DJ6377-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 SE
    • DJ6377-100
    • £110
    Nike Air Force 1 LE DH2920-111
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LE
    • DH2920-111
    • £64.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Fontanka DH1290-801
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Fontanka
    • DH1290-801
    • £99.95
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 LXX DH0775-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07 LXX
    • DH0775-200
    • £69
    Nike Air Force 1 High Sculpt  DC3590-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 High Sculpt
    • DC3590-100
    • £69
    Nike Air Force 1 Mid '07 CW2289-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Mid '07
    • CW2289-001
    • £105
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 CT2302-002
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • CT2302-002
    • £89
    Nike Force 1 Cot CK2201-100
    • Nike
    • Force 1 Cot
    • CK2201-100
    • £28.95
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 Utility  AR1708-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8 Utility
    • AR1708-100
    • £69.95
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DV6483-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DV6483-100
    • £99.95
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DR0143-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DR0143-100
    • £94.99
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DQ9320-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DQ9320-100
    • £110
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8  DQ7690-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DQ7690-100
    • £69.95
    Nike Air Force 1 DQ0791-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1
    • DQ0791-100
    • £110
    Nike Air Force 1 '07 DO6724-601
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 '07
    • DO6724-601
    • £114.95
    Nike Force 1 LV8 DM4254-100
    • Nike
    • Force 1 LV8
    • DM4254-100
    • £44.95
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 DM0985-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DM0985-100
    • £69.95
    Nike Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM DJ9946-001
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 PLT.AF.ORM
    • DJ9946-001
    • £109.95
    Nike Air Force 1 Mid '07 DJ9158-200
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 Mid '07
    • DJ9158-200
    • £125
    Nike Air Force 1 LV8 DJ5180-100
    • Nike
    • Air Force 1 LV8
    • DJ5180-100
    • £69.95

    Air Force 1

    In 1982, when the Nike Air Force 1 launched, Nike were relatively small on the basketball scene. They were known for their running expertise but didn’t have as much sway on the courts. Basketball required a different type of shoe, one constructed for explosive jumping, heavy landings and sudden changes of direction. Transitioning their Air sole technology to the basketball court would require plenty of ingenuity.

    Bruce Kilgore was brought in to work closely alongside Nike’s co-founder Bill Bowerman, and they were tasked with making Air’s transition to basketball a successful one. Before accepting the position at Nike, Kilgore had been an all-American product designer. His distinguished career made him the perfect person to design the Air Force 1, a shoe named after the famous aircraft of the President of the United States of America.

    Basketball players had particular performance requirements that Kilgore knew he had to meet. Firstly, he drew inspiration from the Nike Approach hiking boot, whose lower heel curved up and in towards the Achilles tendon. This brought flexibility without compromising on strength. To further bolster the ankle support, a detachable ‘proprioceptive belt’ was added. In order to meet players’ traction needs, specialised concentric circles were etched into the rubber outsole allowing them to change direction with unrivalled speed.

    As one of the first basketball sneakers to feature a durable cupsole that helped to balance its increased height, Kilgore’s design was inspired by the physics of Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. The Air Force 1 also featured a variable width lacing system which pulled the foot tighter into the shoe. All in all, Bruce’s finished product weaved together his minimalist design ethos and Nike’s technological might to produce a technical, stylish shoe which became the first choice of many highly regarded NBA players.

    The launch of the Nike Air Force 1 birthed several important phenomena in sneaker culture. The AF1 was the first shoe to introduce collaborations and limited run drops, which are now commonplace in the world of sneakers. The Air Force 1 also made history in becoming the first Nike shoe to have a retro design as part of its collection. Over the years, it has been reimagined by both Nike’s footwear creatives and those at high-end fashion houses.

    But it wasn’t always such plain sailing, and in 1983 there was a real possibility that the shoe would be discontinued. If it hadn’t been for the East coast fans, particularly those of Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, whose youth nicknamed them “Uptowns”, combined with the retailers’ “Colour of the Month Club” initiative, Nike’s enthusiasm for the model may never have been reignited.

    Over the years, the AF1 silhouette has been combined with the latest and greatest of Nike's technologies, and today it remains a global street culture mainstay favoured by hip-hop artists and the dapper youth, as well as the basketball players it was originally made for. So, it is with legitimacy that we can say: the Nike Air Force 1 is truly iconic.

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