The Air Force 1 has been kicking around for 30 years and with age it has spawned children that have taken on Nike tech along with contemporary styling. The evolution of the Air Force has been in the works for sometime but as Nike prepares the sneaker to enter life at 31, it looks back at the sneaker with several new looks too.
The original from 1982 gets the ball rolling, which is followed by the Lunar Force 1, which features a visible Lunarlon midsole. The Air Foamposite reworking of the sneaker has been around for a few years while Duck Boot dates back to last year.
Two more new reworked editions of the classic includes the slimmed down “Downtown” edition, which plays off of the Uptown persona of the original. While the Lunar Force 1 is both visibly and internally different than the original with the inclusion of Lunarlon, the Comfort Air Force 1 retains the original style while including a Lunarlon insert.
Seen here, the kicks come in white on white builds invoking a clean slate. The collection is debuting this week through NSW dealers.
Check out the entire Nike Air Force 1 December 2012 Collection
Nike Air Force 1
Tapping the U.S. presidential plane for its name, the Nike AF1 debuted in 1982. The first Nike basketball sneaker with Air technology, it looked fresh while delivering a game-changing, comfortable on- and off-court ride. Thirty years later, it remains the pinnacle of street and sport, court and culture.
Nike Lunar Force 1
Propelling the powerful legacy of the Nike AF1 into the future, the Nike Lunar Force 1 takes core inspiration from principles of lightweight, breathability and comfort. A signature Lunarlon sole unites with an Air-sole heel unit for unrivaled support and reactivity, while Hyperfuse construction further transforms the sneaker’s trademark style.
Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite
Revolutionary in form and function, the Nike AF1 Foamposite takes inspiration from both the Nike AF1 and the organic, firm outer shell of the Nike Air Flightposite. Composed of a seemingly seamless upper, the biomechanical sneaker fuses the wearer and its innovative sole—comprising superior cushioning and an encapsulated Air-sole heel unit—into one sinuous silhouette.
Nike Air Force 1 Duck Boot
Boldly taking on the elements, Nike AF1 Boots transport the Nike AF1 out of its urban domain into all-weather terrain. Infusing the Nike AF1’s signature silhouette with the protective fundamentals and scooped collar of traditional duckboots, the sturdy shoes also imbue their supremely comfortable sole with an encapsulated Air-sole heel unit and tenacious grip that tackles any environment.
Nike Air Force 1 Downtown
The visual inverse of the original Nike AF1, nicknamed The Uptown, the Nike AF1 Downtown boasts a low-profile cupsole and streamlined silhouette. Lightweight, with an encapsulated Air-sole heel unit and discreet Phylon midsole for durability, stability and cushioning, these sneakers may be understated but they claim just as much street cred as their predecessors.
Nike Air Force 1 Comfort
Uniquely premium in terms of textiles and ride, the Nike AF1 Comfort takes innovation and craftsmanship to the next level. The suede and leather upper imparts exclusivity while a Lunarlon foam insole joins the drop-in midsole sockliner with encapsulated Air-sole unit for lightweight, flexible cushioning. Plus, trademark Nike AF1 details—metal dubrés, circular pivot points and crown-like vamp perforations—further elevate the low-key but legendary look.