Uptowns, Forces, Harlems, White-on-White’s. Whatever way you choose to name them, the Bruce Kilgore designed Nike Air Force 1 has undoubtedly become one of the figurehead shoes of the brand. First hitting the hardwood in 1982, the revolutionary creation featured a new pivot point system on the outsole, designed to help quick turning on the court. Championed by Allstars like Rasheed Wallace, Kobe Bryant, and most famously Moses Malone (one of the original posterboys for the shoe) it later found notoriety on the streets as a statement piece in any outfit. Of all of the colour combinations and transformations it’s gone through over the years, it’s still the archetype which has stood the test of time and is still highly revered today.
Celebrating it’s 35th year in the spotlight this year, Nike have pulled together five visionaries from across the world to crate a collection that pulls it’s DNA from the original White-on-White foundation model. For the next installment in the series, Nike turned to collaborator Don C, the Chicago based fashion designer renowned for his exclusive leather caps. Don has had a great releationship with the brand over the past few years, having the opportunity to apply his luxury aesthetic to Nike Air Jordan 2 on three separate occasions. For this release, he’s taken a different approach and brought together a hybrid of sorts. Using the classic Air Force 1 as a base model, the shoe also combines elements of both the Air Force 2, and 3, some of Don’s favourite basketball sneakers growing up, and in turn paying homage to the legacy of the shoe. His trademark use of exotic materials carrys over onto the Air Force 3 side panel and ankle strap, incorporating faux reptile texture and gold detailing.
The Nike x Don C AF-100 will be available through the size?previews App and in size? Carnaby Street, Manchester, Amsterdam, Paris, Bristol, Harrods, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Madrid, Brixton, and Camden, priced at £165.