One of the greatest trainers of all time is celebrating 40 years of being an icon.
Created by Nike designer Bruce Kilgore, the Air Force 1 was first produced in 1982 and discontinued soon after to make way for newer styles. Nike brought it back in 1986 due to high demand, making it the first ever Retro sneaker.
When re-released in 1986 the Nike silhouette was simply marketed as ‘Air in a Box’. It was the first-ever basketball sneaker to feature an air-filled pocket in the heel, issuing players with unrivalled comfort and support on the court.
Named after the Air Force One, the plane which carries the President of the United States, the original design of the shoe featured more mesh on the sides and base of the shoe, but because of the high price point, Nike decided to add more leather, thus making 'em worth the money.
This was the first basketball shoe to feature the Nike Air technology. It wasn't an easy task, as before this shoe Nike predominantly created light running silhouettes, and basketball shoes need to withstand heavy landings. Originally inspired by hiking boots, the Air Force 1 was ultimately made for support.
Not only was the shoe popular on the court, but it became a favourite on the street and in pop culture. Nelly and his group, St. Lunatics, released 'Air Force Ones' about the shoes in 2002.
The silhouette is also a focus of the 2007 Grammy-nominated song 'Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)' featuring Kanye West, Rakim, Nas and KRS-One.
Unlike a lot of retro kicks from back in the day, the Air Force 1 is still considered a great athletic shoe. With new styles still coming in on the regular, like the Lunar Force 1 earlier this year, the Air Force 1 looks set to remain a staple for the Nike brand for years to come.
The new Air Force 1 weighs 50% less than the original version and adds a little bit of Nike magic to bring it into the 21st century. Since 1986, the Air Force One has seen multiple adaptations and collaborations including Travis Scott, Supreme and Louis Vuitton.
Feel the Force and check out the latest colourways over in the Footasylum Air Force 1 collection.