In 1982, no one knew that a sneaker designed by Nike designer Bruce Kilgore would become a footwear staple through the 20th century and beyond.
The Nike Air Force 1 is the definition of classic. A shoe that bridges the gap between casual wearers and true connoisseurs. Credit that, in part, to the variation in its construction – silhouettes are made in low-, mid-, and high-top options – which makes the AF1 bespoke to its owner's personality.
Next, the cultural relevance must be mentioned, as the sneaker earned its stripes on New York City street corners; thus the famed nickname "Uptowns." When you're fresh, dressed, and feeling like a million bucks, no shoe accentuates your outfit quite the same.
Your pops owned a pair. Nelly wrote a song about them. And the story of the Air Force 1 is still being told over nearly 40 years after their release. That's timeless.
Stadium Goods takes a stroll down memory lane with our top 100 Air Force 1 sneakers.
100. Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium (Lebron) "Collection Royale"
Released summer of 2006 for the World Cup in Germany, the Nike “Collection Royale” tipped its hat to a list of spectacular athletes, including tennis phenom Serena Williams, Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis, and LeBron James.
King James was blessed with an exclusive Air Force 1 Low Premium. It features a mostly Metallic Silver upper with Team Red appearing on the Swoosh and outsole, Varsity Royal on the inner lining and laces, and White on the heel, which features a playing card design.
99. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Halloween"
The Nike Air Force 1 is no stranger to special Halloween makeovers, the most popular of which released in 2006. Like the “Scarface” release, the upper on the Halloween-centric sneaker featured alternative color-blocking; in other words, the color is split straight down the middle, from heel to toe.
98. Nike Air Force 1 Low Inside-Out
The very subtle in appearance, the earth toned Nike Air Force 1 Low Inside-Out in Maple/Golden Hops-Wild Mango could do an outfit very well.
97. Nike Air Force 1 Low Midnight Navy - Neon Jewel
The highly coveted Jewel Swoosh sets apart novice Air Force 1 aficionados from longtime enthusiasts. This pair from 1997 features a white leather upper, a navy Swoosh, and a lime green outsole. A perfect sneaker for the summer.
96. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Safari"
The safari print design has appeared on multiple silhouettes throughout Nike's history. In 2008, Nike Sportswear added the Air Force 1 to this list in a very stylish way.
95. Nike Air Force 1 High DJ Clark Kent "Knicks"
Grab a map, binoculars, or whatever else you need to even attempt to find many people more diehard New York City (particularly Brooklyn) than DJ Clark Kent. 2009's "East vs West Pack" features a well-designed Air Force 1 high inspired by the Knicks. It dons an upper that's black on the front half and Knickerbocker centric on the back.
94. Nike Air Force 1 High Bobbito Garcia "Beef & Broccoli"
DJ, sneaker connoisseur, and streetball legend Bobbio Garcia designed a few Nike Air Force 1s in 2007. One eye-catching pair, coined the "Beef & Broccoli," is modeled after the iconic Timberland Field Boot, which is named after a popular meal at everyone's neighborhood Chinese food store.
93. Nike Air Force 1 Low LE "SNL"
Because LeBron James is who he is, he was given an all-black pair of Air Force 1 Lows to rock during his 2007 hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. The shoes don SNL stitching in white on the heel.
92. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Puerto Rico"
Released in celebration of New York City's famed Puerto Rican Day Parade, the 2002 Nike Air Force 1 Low "Puerto Rico" is the first sneaker in the "PR" series to feature the country's flag on the heel.
91. Nike Air Force 1 Low "NYC Edition"
The acclaimed NYC series run of Air Force 1s have brought fans of the sneaker a myriad of coveted colorways. One of the cleanest happens to be this 2003 release. The upper features black tumbled leather and a Swoosh with a white outline. The white midsole and black outsole keep the shoe simple. The NYC embroidery on the heel maintains the spirit of the Concrete Jungle.
90. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Savage Beast"
One of Nike’s quirkier Halloween releases arrived in 2009. The Nike Air Force 1 Low “Savage Beast” is completely covered in orange pony hair. The white canvas Swoosh and gum outsole are the only deviations.
89. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Mushroom"
Coined the Nike Air Force 1 Low "Mushroom" due to its Mushroom tan upper, this simple take on the model features a Midnight Navy Swoosh and a Mushroom colored outsole.
88. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Midnight Navy Denim"
The Air Force 1 has such a classic feel that even the general releases stand tall. Take this 2007 denim iteration for instance. The majority of the upper is essentially a jean jacket, with a khaki Swoosh, and a gum outsole.
87. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Hong Kong"
From the great Air Force 1 year that was 2001, the Hong Kong Air Force 1 from the co.jp series features a premium Green leather upper and a stitched Swoosh outline.
86. Nike Air Force 1 High "20th Anniversary"
This classic take on the Nike Air Force 1 High, with the phrase "20th Anniversary" inscribed in the heel, is the visual representation of a day in the streets of The Bronx on a sneaker. A simple combo of premium white leather on the upper and the classic black Swoosh is what sneaker dreams are made of.
85. Nike Air Force 1 "Carnival"
The celebratory Nike Air Force 1 "Carnival" released in recognition of the 39th Annual Notting Hill Carnival in London in 2003. Yellow Zest on the toe guard, lace placket, and heel works alongside the White mesh on the toe box and mid-panel. The Flash Orange on the Swoosh finalizes the deal.
84. Nike Air Force 1 Low Supreme I/O "Brooklyn"
The legendary DJ Clark Kent was commissioned to design the Nike Air Force 1 Low Supreme 5 Boroughs Pack, an ode to New York City in its totality. Saving the best for his native borough, the Brooklyn pair don a wool upper with 3M piping, a chenille swoosh, and a satin inner liner in a black, red plum, and white colorway.
83. Hajime Tachibana x Air Force 1 Hi Supreme 1 World
Nike reached out to creatives of all varieties to design for 2008’s 1World campaign. This includes Hajime Tachibana, former guitarist of the Japanese New Wave/Electro Pop band, The Plastics.
World. A combination of White and Light Gray appear on the upper in premium leather and suede. However, the most interesting detail on the sneaker is an embossed circle graphic on the toebox and mid-panel.
82. Nike Air Force 1 I/O Supreme "Closing Ceremonies"
Some of the best sneaker releases coincide with the Olympic Games. For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Nike unveiled the Nike Air Force 1 I/O Supreme "Closing Ceremonies."
Featuring a primarily metallic gold upper (with Chinese-inspired patterning on the toe guard, heel, and lace placket being the only deviation), the sneaker is an absolute marvel to look at. Metallic gold also appears on the midsole, while black on the aforementioned lining, outsole and inner lining complete the shoe.
81. Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium "All Star"
The Air Force 1 Low Premium “All Star,” released during 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend, is a nod to the annual basketball event. The upper is all patent leather and colored in Varsity Red and Varsity Royal. The Swoosh and midsole are an icy white. And finally, white stars appear in various sizes throughout the toe guard and heel, rounding off the sneaker’s patriotic look.
80. Nike Air Force 1 Premium “Citrus”
Some sneaker concepts should be taken in a literal sense. This Air Force 1 Low features a juicy blend of citrus hues representing oranges, limes, and lemons, the colors of which are distributed throughout the panels of a glossy patent leather upper.
79. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Houston All Star Astros"
By 2006, throwback jerseys were dead, but the patent leather Air Force 1 trend was still very much alive. Somewhere between those two trends lies the Air Force 1 Low “Houston All Star Astros.” Modeled after the retro Astros uniform, the sneaker was part of the Houston Tribute Pack that also included a Zoom LeBron III (Houston Oilers) and Air Zoom Kobe 1 (Houston Rockets).
The Air Force 1 “Houston Astros” were never released, and instead were given to VIPs at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas.
78. Nike Air Force 1 High BDay QS "Presidential"
A Nike Air Force 1 inspired by the POTUS’ plane, the Air Force 1? Preposterous. That was the case until the Air Force 1 High BDay QS "Presidential” released in 2012 during the 30th anniversary of the iconic model.
The sneaker is modeled after the Boeing VC-25, a military version of the iconic 747. The icy white upper on the AF1 high accounts for the sneaker’s clean look, while a University Blue midsole adds some character to the mix. The American flag stitched into the side of the shoe also appears on the aircraft.
77. Video Music Box x Nike Air Force 1 25th Anniversary
Long before Rap music became a billion dollar industry that permeates pop culture on all levels, big business considered it a fledgling genre that was more a trend than a mainstay. Therefore, the music and content created around it – in this case, music videos – was difficult to access. That is why Ralph McDaniels, host of legendary Hip-Hop video show Video Music Box, is among the most respected names in the culture.
76. Nike Air Force 1 Low "JD Gum Sole"
Mistakes a natural order in the process of creation. And sometime, mistakes are the best thing that can happen. Such is the case for the Nike Air Force 1 Low "JD Gum Sole," the final version of which are reportedly a product of an error made during the sample stages.
Rather than creating a conventional Air Force with a gum outsole, this 2005 JD Sports collab features a gum midsole. The use of pebble leather on the toe guard and heel provide a nice touch.
75. Nike Air Force 1 Premium UT “New York Cubans”
Nike partnered with the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame to create the 2006 "Untold Truth" collection dedicated to capturing just how pivotal the Negro League was to the progression of basebal.
The collection included the detailed Nike Air Force 1 Premium UT “New York Cubans,” themed after the New York-based team compiled of players from several Cuban all-star teams in the Negro Leagues (the players were not all of Cuban nationality, but rather Latin American players whose skin were too dark to play in National or American leagues).
The sneaker features a chocolate brown leather upper, with tweed on the mid-panel and a white Swoosh. The off-white midsole clashes well with the white lining and heel tab. Burgundy laces finish off the shoe’s look.
74. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Scarface”
Love them or hate them, Nike Sportswear shook up the sneaker game with the 2006 release of the Air Force 1 “Scarface.” Modeled after the iconic film poster, which features Al Pacino’s character ‘Tony Montana’ brandishing a pistol, the sneaker is white on one half and black on another. Needless to say that the design choice made it a polarizing release.
73. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Medium Denim"
Someone contact whoever selected the CADs for UK retailer JD Sports during their epic run of Euro exclusive Air Force 1s, and ask what their diet was. We need some of that.
In analyzing their spotless track record, the best sneaker in the bunch is quite possibly the Air Force 1 Low "Medium Denim." Featuring a clean white and navy upper, the subtle pink details found on the midsole and heel allows the buyer to dress the sneaker up or down.
72. Nike Air Force 1 "Cowboys"
Another win for JD Sports, one of best providers of UK-only Uptowns, was the Nike Air Force 1 “Cowboys.” Modeled after the iconic NFL franchise, the sneaker was yet another America-centric release ironically not available stateside. The toe guard and heel feature white leather, while the navy blue and grey are accounted for on the toe box, mid-panel, Swoosh and heel tab.
71. Nike Air Force 1 Low "NYC Gold Dust"
Talk about irony. New York City-centric Nike Air Force 1 Low “NYC Gold Dust” (2003) was exclusive to European Foot Lockers. The upper features a mix of leather and corduroy, all drenched in a gold colorway. An embossed NYC logo on the heel appears in the shoe in the same brown that colors the Swoosh.
70. Bobbito Garcia x Nike Air Force 1 High “Mac 'N Cheese”
The Timberland Classic 6″ Work Boot – often referred to as the “Wheat,” or sometimes the “Mac ‘N Cheese” – is a fashion staple in urban culture. The boot oozes the spirit of New York City’s gritty streets, as does Hip-Hop luminary Bobbito Garcia, the creator Bobbito Garcia x Nike Air Force 1 High “Mac 'N Cheese.”
Featured in the “Winter Pack,” the sneaker mirrors a fresh pair of Timberlands in its nubuck upper, brown leather patch on the heel, and laces. Kool Bob Love’s patented handprint logo appears on the heel and tongue.
69. Slam Jam x Nike Air Force 1
Italian boutique Slam Jam had an opportunity to put their spin on the Nike Air Force 1 in 2008.
The Slam Jam x Nike Air Force 1 gave consumers four colorways to choose from: yellow, grey, red, black. The patent leather on the upper has a wrinkled effect. Additional details like the leather on the midsole, screw-on lace aglets and the combination stainless steel and leather keychain made these kicks a must-cop.
68. Nike Air Force 1 Plus "West Indies"
Throughout the early-mid 2000s, Nike tipped its hat to the Caribbean Islands with a run of the Air Force 1s aptly coined the “West Indies.” The cleanest model arrived in 2003, boasting a premium leather upper in white, along with yellow lining and red accents. An embroidered “West Indies” logo appears on the heel.
67. Nike Air Force 1 "Hanshin Tigers"
Released in 2004, the Nike Air Force 1 “Hanshin Tigers” are inspired by the Japanese professional baseball team of the same name. The leather upper features a tri-color scheme of black, white, and yellow derived from the team’s colors.
66. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Black History Month 05"
Nike has made it a priority to commemorate Black History Month with the release of a special collection every year since 2005. The inaugural drop included a clean Air Force 1 Low; it featured premium white leather, a Swoosh with red trimming, and a matching red heel tab and accents. The African American flag embroidered on the heel rounds out the simple concept.
65. Nike Air Force & Lunar 1 Low Supreme "Fragment Pack"
Hiroshi Fujiwara and his fragment design brand are known to create magic, and that goes double during their collaborations with Nike.
2013’s Nike Air Force & Lunar 1 Low Supreme "Fragment Pack" was just another notch on Fujiwara’s belt. The release bridges together his classic AF1 Low with the black crocodile upper and a Lunar midsole, putting a brand new spin on a time-tested concept. The off-white coloration on the midsole, lining, laces, and Fragment branding are an unsung selling point for the shoe.
64. Nike Air Force 1 High "Rose Garden"
Rasheed Wallace was the biggest purveyor of the Air Force 1 in modern day NBA history. In 2002, during his time with the Portland Trail Blazers, Nike created a signature pair coined, the "Rose Gardens," in the center’s preferred high top silhouette.
Named after the Trail Blazers arena, the kicks featured a black patent leather upper with red accents, including the outsole and a rose embroidered into the heel.
63. Nike Air Force 1 Low Mowabb
From the neoprene sock lining to the very New York City-centric colorway, the Nike Air Mowabb is one of the most respected sneakers in the Nike sportswear cannon. In 2014, the Air Force 1 adopted the aforementioned details from the OG Mowabb, making the release one of the more successful hybrids.
62. Nike Air Force 1 Premium "Brazil World Cup"
Released in 2006's "World Cup" Pack, the Nike Air Force 1 Premium "Brazil World Cup" pays tribute to Brazil's soccer team by using a simple mock-up of its colors. The twist is that the upper is completely patent leather, which gives the shoe its shiny finish.
61. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Easter” (2006)
As far as we’re concerned, Medium Mint and Lemon Frost are colors that can only be found in a bakery or on the upper of 2006’s Nike Air force 1 Low “Easter.” It was the Swoosh brand’s second consecutive AF1 release to coincide with the holiday. The trend of using pastel colors on a patent leather upper continues here, though the Medium Mint, purple, and Lemon Frost are much darker than the previous year’s release.
60. Nike Air Force 1 Laser "Haze NYC"
Graf legend HAZE designed a customizable Air Force 1 that's so cold only Brooklyn's Fulton Mall could house them. The kicks features a mostly all-white upper with a crown in HAZE’s patented script appearing in all-over print throughout the mid-panel and toe box.
Released in 2016, the sneaker came a surprise to most, as Nike has deviated from dropping many sneakers designed by graffiti artists.
59. Nike Air Force 1 LE PRM “The Blueprint 2”
2002 was an interesting time for Jay Z, the self-proclaimed Michael Jordan of Rap. He’d suffered a loss in battle at the hands of rap combatant Nas a year prior. And yet, he was still the king of all that he surveyed, coming only second to the ghosts of late rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. At the time, the aforementioned greats had an one up on Jay in the form of a classic double disc album.
58. Nike Air Force 1 03 "Hufquake"
One of the more interested Air Force 1 designs ever created was the "Hufquake." Available in both green and orange colorways, the sneaker was inspired by the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the damage from which left the city engulfed in flames for days.
Cracking appears throughout the design on the upper, as it represents the fissures caused by the quake. The paneling on the shoe varies from the aforementioned colors dominated the front portion to a black mid-panel and suede heel.
57. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Portland"
UK retailer JD Sports’ exclusive Nike Air Force 1 releases further propelled the sneaker’s popularity throughout the mid-2000s. The “Portland” colorway from 2004 is one the most coveted.
Modeled after the Oregon city, and Nike’s home base, the sneaker mirrors the Trail Blazers colorway. Tumbled leather in black and white dominates the upper, while the white stitching around the black Swoosh sends the design into the stratosphere.
56. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Chocolate”
Leather. Quality leather. That’s the first thing you’ll notice upon gazing at the Europe and Japan exclusive Air Force 1 Low “Chocolate.” Tumbled leather in a chocolate brown dominates the upper, accentuated by an off-white swoosh in nubuck. The sole is also in off-white
55. Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium “Escape”
2006’s Escape Pack delivered two coveted Nike Air Force 1 Low colorways. First up is the US exclusive release, a combination of brown suede on the toe guard, heel and lace-placket, a white toe box, white mid-panel with perforations and a black swoosh. The Asia only version feature a Storm Blue Swoosh over black and grey paneling.
54. Nike Air Force 1 High 1World "Rasheed Wallace"
Of the 18 creators enlisted to contribute to the Nike 1World campaign, no one has championed the Air Force 1 like former NBA star Rasheed Wallace.
The Sheed fadeaway logo appears supersized in red on the otherwise white heel of the high top AF1. The toe box and toe guard are red as well. But the real kicker is the black midsole, which features Air Max cushioning.
53. Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite BHM QS "Black History Month"
Worlds collided to create the ambitious Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite BHM QS "Black History Month," a fusion of the Air Force 1 High and Air Foamposite released in celebration of Black History Month.
The AF1 High silhouette remains intact in a copper colorway; the difference is in its shell-like appearance a la the basketball model. The black translucent sole and an ankle strap bearing an all-over print, as well as a BHM lace lock, give the sneaker interesting nuances.
52. KRINK x Nike 1World Air Force 1
New York artist Craig “KR” Costello, widely known as KRINK, contributed a stellar Air Force 1 to the absolutely stacked 1World campaign. Using his trademark drip pattern style over a 3M upper proved to be effective when offset by the gum sole.
51. Nike Air Force 1 Premium "Invisible Woman (Fantastic 4 Pack)"
2006’s Nike “Fantastic Four” Pack was interesting in that it became a space for innovation and culture to collide. Inspired by the famed Marvel Comics quartet of Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, The Thing, and Human Torch – each immortalized on a different Nike silhouette – the Air Force 1 Low coined “The Invisible Woman” was the standout; its toe box and mid-panel, translucent.
A combination of Harbor Blue and Military Blue can be seen on the upper and the stitching on the translucent portions of the sneaker.
50. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Goldenrod"
Any Air Force 1 with a jewel Swoosh is bound to turn heads – especially the vibrant Air Force 1 “Goldenrod” from 1998. The leather upper is drenched in Goldenrod, as well as the outsole. The white Jewel Swoosh, midsole, and lining maintain the sneaker’s smooth aesthetic.
49. Nike Sportswear x LIVESTRONG x Mister Cartoon Air Force 1
Created to raise awareness against cancer in collaboration with LIVESTRONG, Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon and Nike released a remixed version of their revered Air Force 1 Low collab.
48. Nike Lunar Force 1 High SP "Liquid Metal"
Draped in metallic gold, the Nike Lunar Force 1 High SP “Liquid Metal” integrated the classic silhouette with Lunar technology. The sneaker was released in a pack that also included a mid in a metallic silver colorway.
47. Nike Air Force 1 Low “Easter Egg” (2005)
‘Tis the season for pastel colors. The mid-2000s was the era of the patent leather Nike Air Force 1, and one of the most recognizable uses is the “Easter Egg” colorway. Fresher than a crisp linen suit, the colorful upper features Titanium, Lime Ice, and Storm Pink throughout the sneaker’s paneling.
46. Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS “Camoflague”
The 30 year anniversary celebration of the Air Force 1 brought the Nike Air Force 1 Low Max Air VT QS ‘Camouflage.’ The sneaker features a VacTech canvas upper in true camouflage and full-length visible Air cushion in the midsole.
45. ALIFE Rivington Club (A.R.C.) x Nike Air Force 1 Low Supreme
Back in 2009, ALIFE Rivington Club and Nike connected to put on for New York City is a special take on the white low-top Uptown. The result is a pair featuring embossed all-over pattern featuring stars throughout the leather upper. The gum outsole keeps the shoe authentic and the white lace lock completes the package.
44. Nike Air Force 1 Low DJ Clark Kent "Black Friday"
DJ Clark Kent’s pedigree in the sneaker game isn’t to be question – especially when he’s designing an Air Force 1. Of his growing portfolio of Nike collaborations, one could debate that 2008’s Air Force 1 Supreme “Black Friday” may be his dopest yet.
Clean is the best way to describe the shoe, as its upper mostly consists of black pony hair on the toe area, toe box, side panels and the eyelets. The swoosh and feel feature a metallic silver. And finally, the black midsole has a glossy metallic finish that reflects an array of colors.
43. Medicom x Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium “Bearbrick”
During the early-mid aughts, as streetwear began to gain traction as a viable subculture, collectable toys became prized trinkets that symbolized status. It’s impossible to discuss said collectables without mentioning Japanese company MediCom Toy Company, the creators of the coveted “Bearbrick.”
The Medicom x Nike Air Force 1 released to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the bearbrick.
42. Nike Air Force 1 Premium '07 “Bobbito”
Your favorite sneakerhead’s favorite sneaker pair may still be searching for a pair of the Bobbito Garcia x Nike Air Force 1 Premium '07 aka "Kool Bob Love 3."
Bobbito, a streetball legend, DJ, and sneaker aficionado, blended his love for the latter two things to create this shoe. The front half of the upper features smooth tan leather, while the back half has a mesh mid-panel in blue. Olive green appears on the Swoosh and heel in leather and suede respectively. The corduroy on the heel also adds a nice touch. Kool Bob’s famed handprint logo appears on a vinyl record and basketball on the heel.
41. Nike Air Force 1 High '07 LV8 "Flax"
Popularized in fashion culture by Hip-Hop, the work boot in the wheat colorway is a necessary piece in the art of outfit architecture. Nike took the work boot premise and applied it to the Air Force 1 High '07 LV8 "Flax." The high top silhouette, released on November 7, 2015, features a flax-covered nubuck upper. Outdoor green accents and a gum sole make the cypher complete.
40. Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High SP
Staple streetwear brand Supreme and Nike have a more storied history than you and any of your exes. But in the best way possible.
The Nike Air Force 1 High Supreme SP is their most recent stab at the Air Force 1 model. Released in black, white, and red colorways, each iteration dons a smooth leather upper with a tumbled leather Swoosh. “Supreme” in large lettering appears across the heel; “World Famous.” is written across the strap.
39. Nike Air Force 1 Supreme I/O “K-Dice Dragon”
Have you noticed the recurring theme in this list? The Nike 1World collection was packed with heat. That includes the Nike Air Force 1 Supreme I/O "K-Dice Dragon," a collab with Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, aka Dice-K.
The sneaker is essentially a unicorn, as about 100 pairs were created. White pony hair covers the toe box and mid panel, while orange scaling appears on the heel and lace area. The white Swoosh provide additional detail, as it also features scales. Eighteen, Dice-K’s number on the Red Sox, can be seen in the shape of a dragon on the heel and insole.
38. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Skyline"
A mere mention of the Nike Air Force 1 Low "JD Khaki Skyline," and the clean Skyline Blue Swoosh comes to mind. One of a list of rare exclusives for JD Sports in the UK, the Swoosh is offset by an upper featuring Khaki and brown, and a white midsole.
37. Nike Air Force 1 "Acorn"
A fall-inspired colorway dominated the classic Nike Air Force 1 "Acorn." The upper is made of a combo of smooth brown leather that appears on the toe guard, Swoosh, and heel; he canvas on the toe box and mid-panel balance the sneaker.
36. Nike Air Force 1 Low "LeBron James Fearless Warrior"
It took no time for NBA fans to realize LeBron James was the real deal, and it only took a little while longer for Nike to christen him as the future of Nike Basketball. The world discovered this with the unveiling of the "Chamber of Fear" campaign, the highlight of which was the Zoom Soldier II.
Nike also released six Air Force 1s around the Kung-Fu-themed campaign; the hottest sneaker in the bunch was the black, red, and yellow Nike Air Force 1 Low "LeBron James Fearless Warrior."
35. Acronym x Nike Lunar Force 1 SP
German outerwear label Acronym gave the iconic Air Force 1 the Dr. Frankenstein treatment with their innovative Nike x Acronym Lunar Force 1 SP collaboration.
Because functionality is a consistent trait for both brands, the collection is comprised of three Nike Lunar Force 1s that push the boundaries of design. The first pair is essentially an all-white sneaker with Bright Crimson color blocking on the heel; the second pair is more intricate, donning a mixture of Black and White, with Turbo Green and purple accents; the third pair is mostly black suede. The major draw to the shoe is a solid metal YKK zipper that runs along the side of the silhouette.
34. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Black/Black"
Timeless. The Nike Air Force 1 Low in black on black is the antithesis of it's much more popular all-white counterpart, but remains an useful shoe in any arsenal nonetheless.
33. Nike Air Force 1 “The Black Album”
Some of the greatest artists to ever live never received their flowers while they could still smell them. Thanks to Nike, Roc-A-Fella co-founder Jay Z had his proverbial jersey hung in the rafters to commemorate the release of 2003’s The Black Album – thought to be his last album before retirement. The guys at Swoosh made the sneakers to match with the Nike Air Force 1 “The Black Album.”
32. Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium "Denim"
Some sneakers have to grow on you, others are magic the first time you lay eyes on them. The Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium "Denim" is a case of the latter. The upper is completely made of dark obsidian denim, giving the sneaker an Americana feel. Metallic bronze piping and stitching adds to the aesthetic. The white midsole and gum outsole are needed to break the monotony of the design, while the tab on the tongue is a dope detail to round out the sneaker.
31. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Zinc"
If there’s one thing to know about Nike releases, it’s that they can be as educational as they’re fresh. Silhouettes often tell nuanced stories, but the Air Force 1 Low “Zinc” from 2006 takes a more scientific route. The simple and clean play on the alloy features a toe guard, lace panel, and heel with a metallic finish. Black and white details on the Swoosh, heel branding, midsole, and outsole give the sneaker a clean finish.
30. Nike Air Force 1 Low Supreme I/O “?uestLove”
The Air Force 1 Low Supreme I/O “Questlove,” another shoe released in the Nike 1World campaign, was designed by legendary drummer of The Roots, QuestLove.
The Tier 0 release was available in two iterations at different price points. While both pairs are as eclectic as the percussionist, the cheaper version features a light burgundy toe box, a true burgundy on the toe guard and heel, a gold swoosh, and green elephant print appearing along the side panel and lace placket. The more expensive model features an all-gold toe box and toe guard. An embroidered image of Questlove appears on the tongue and heel.
29. Nike Air Force 1 SP Tisci
In 2014, Riccardo Tisci, famed Creative Director of Givenchy, collaborated with Nike on a limited run of Air Force 1s. Available in low-, mid-, and high-tops, as well as a never-before-seen high-top boot, the Nike Air Force 1 RT collection gave the classic silhouette a high fashion twist.
White and black were Tisci’s colorways of choice, the sneakers are far from simple in their construction. The upper and interior of the kicks are premium leather with a tumbled leather Swoosh that breaks the monotony. Grosgrain web binding on the eyerows provides needed texture. A synthetic suede with heat-pressed TPU no-sew panels can be seen on tongues and heels. Screen printed foxing stripes round out the ambitious design.
28. Terror Squad x Nike Air Force 1
Few rappers have a sneaker collection that compares to Fat Joe’s. In 2004, at the peak of the Bronx rapper’s popularity (word to “Lean Back”), Nike created a custom Terror Squad edition Air Force 1.
27. Nike Air Force 1 High "Sheed All-Star"
Nike created a doozy of an Air Force 1 for Rasheed Wallace to wear in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas.
At that point, the then Detroit Piston was the league’s biggest flag bearer for the AF1 High. Nike in turn blessed him with a pair featuring an amalgam of materials: grey ostrich on the toe guard and lace placket, white leather on the toe box, mid panel, and Swoosh, and a combo of blue and red patent leather on the heel. Of course, the Sheed logo is embossed onto the heel as well.
26. KAWS x Nike 1World Air Force 1
Influential artist Brian Donnelly, known to most as KAWS, was one of 18 contributors commissioned to create for the Nike "1World" Influencer Pack in 2008.
His take on the AF1 plays on his art style, which had been popularized in street wear by his now-defunct clothing brand OriginalFake. The upper dons a buttery all-black suede, with neon accenting throughout the rest of the shoe. KAWS famous Xs are stitched across the upper and side panel. The transparent sole in neon green accents the rest of the shoe.
25. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Year of the Dog"
Nike has found massive amounts of inspiration in the Chinese Zodiac, the most inventive of which is the Air Force 1 Low “Year of the Dog.”
Designed by Runyo Chen of Nike, Himm of Shanghai’s Urban Magazine, and PK of LC Advertising, the sneaker is inspired by the Tibetan Mastiff and other aspects of Tibetan culture. Of the two versions released, the more readily available pair had a simple leather construction, the nuanced pair was more detailed, ultimately making the latter the more coveted AF1.
The toe guard and heel are the most recognizable, as it features a painted design inspired by Tibetan jewelry and garments, and orange pony hair respectively. The orange sectionals on the toe box and mid-panel have laser detailing that pays tribute to the traditional robes worn by monks.
24. Nike Air Force 1 “Shady Records”
Supernova was more apt a term than superstar when describing rapper Eminem’s status as a pop deity in 2004. During that year, the Detroit native released his fifth studio album Encore.
In celebration of the project’s release, Nike created a pair of Air Force 1 Lows for Slim Shady’s friends and family – a "Shady Records" edition and the “ENCORE.” The former features a black, grey, and white color scheme, as well as the Shady Records logo on the heel and Eminem’s reverse "E" on the toe guard.
23. Nike Air Force 1 Low DJ Clark Kent "112 Pack"
Back in 2008, Hip-Hop luminary, "God's Favorite DJ," and frequent Nike collaborator, DJ Clark Kent, teamed up with the Swoosh brand to create the "112 Pack." It featured three sneakers – an Air Force 1, Air Max 1, and Air Trainer 1. Each shoe features a combination of elephant print, 3M and neon. Of the trio, the Air Force 1 is perhaps the most coveted.
22. Michael Lau x Nike Air Force 1 Low 1World “Crazy”
Of the dynamic 18 Air Force 1s released during the 1World campaign, this one is quite possibly, well, the craziest. Hong Kong-born artist Michael Lau pushed the all-white AF1 Low silhouette to its limits; his inspiration: psychiatric hospitals.
The upper features padded White leather with white quilt-patterned stitching. The five x five-count scrawls in gold on the heel can be taken with double meaning, but are primarily there to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of AF1. polished shoelace tags. Lace locks featuring “CRAZY” written on the left foot and “SMILES” on the right foot is a nod to Lau’s infamous “Crazy Smiles” production series. Lau’s lucky number “10190330” is inscribed into the tongue.
21. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Anaconda Lux Masterpiece"
The yin to its crocodile partner’s yang, the Air Force 1 Low "Anaconda Lux Masterpiece" took cues from the classic white on white shoe, but with a luxury twist. Anaconda skin appears on the toe box and mid panel, while Italian lambskin holds down the fort on the toe guard and heel.
“If you have them you're lucky because they only allowed the first shipment into the US. Something with the materials, I guess the the real anaconda skin was against the law,” DJ Clark Kent recalled during an interview with Complex.
20. Nike Air Force 1 LUX '07 “Crocodile Masterpiece”
Twenty-five years is a landmark achievement for any product, and Nike celebrated the Air Force 1’s 25th anniversary in style back in 2007. Along with the Air Force XXV, a revised version of the model, two luxury versions of the AF1 were released in crocodile and anaconda. The former, coined the Nike Air Force 1 LUX '07 “Crocodile,” is composed of a brown crocodile leather upper, which, like its anaconda counterpart, was handcrafted in Italy. Eighteen carat Gold can be found on the dubrays, hangtags and on the lace tips. The sneakers were accompanied by special edition shoe trees. Only 200 pairs were released.
19. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Cocoa Snake"
If there were an official rubric for how to properly apply snakeskin on a sneaker, the Nike Air Force 1 is definitely in the running for the standard model. Snakeskin appears on the toe guard, heel, and lace placket, and is perfectly juxtaposed by white leather and a black Swoosh.
18. Nike Air Force 1 B "3M Snake"
Of the several Air Force 1s on this list released during the glory days of the early 2000s, the “3M Snake” edition is among the most popular and sought after. Released only in UK and Japan, the sneaker had an almost luxe aesthetic due to its pebble leather upper and snakeskin Swoosh.
17. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Courir"
The Air Force 1 Low “Courir” (2002) is everything that an Air Force 1 should be. The shape of the shoe is perfect, as is the color scheme: a black tumbled leather upper, white Swoosh, midsole, and heel tab, and gum outsole. Sadly for sneakerheads stateside, the “Courir” was a France exclusive, making them difficult to acquire and expensive to cop should you be fortunate enough to find a pair.
16. Nike Air Force 1 “Taiwan”
The Nike Air Force 1 “Taiwan” from 2001 proves that there’s dopeness in simplicity. From the white patent leather upper to the oversized Jewel Swoosh in gradient red, the design is a clean take on a classic sneaker. Not to mention that the cut of the AF1 silhouette at the time was the best it’s ever been.
15. Nike Air Force 1 Premium George's “Entourage”
Of the many hijinks that the Entourage crew experienced, none resonated with sneakerheads like Salvatore "Turtle" Assante’s (played by Jerry Ferrara) quest for the Nike Air Force 1 “Fukiyama.“
It would be equally difficult to acquire the imaginary sneaker during its actual release in 2006. The UNDFTD x HBO Entourage x Nike Air Force 1 Premium Georges “Entourage” was constructed with a premium leather upper in university blue and white. Akin to a mulet, the shoe is all business in the front and a party in the back; the heel paneling features laser-etched detailing that includes the address of UNDFTD La Brea, Queens, and etc.
14. Nike Air Force 1 Hi Retro QS "Summit White/Wolf Grey"
An ode to the old school. Simple designs like this Nike Air Force 1 Hi Retro QS are why Bruce Kilgore’s iconic silhouette is a mainstay in sneaker culture. A hi-top white premium leather upper, with a strap in tow, are offset by a metallic silver Swoosh and off-white midsole, which provide the shoe with an old school feel.
13. Nike Air Force 1 Supreme “Sakura Ueno”
Any dedicated Air Force 1 head will go to bat for the Air Force 1 Supreme “Sakura Ueno,” a 2005 Japan-exclusive Tier 0 release. Unlike most coveted AF1s, the “Sakura” is a women’s release. Its design is inspired by the cherry blossom, which is reflected on the Light Bone suede upper and Watermelon pink outsole. Flowers (“sakura” in Japanese) are also laser-etched into the upper and tongue.
12. Nike Air Force 1 Low Supreme "Colette x Busy P"
Nike’s "1World" Influencer Pack (2008) included a handful of iconic Air Force 1s (the collection featured 18 pairs of AF1s, each designed by a different influencer from across the world). Among them were a pair designed by Pedro Winter (b.k.a. Busy P), the French DJ, producer and founder of Ed Banger Records, home to artists like Justice, Cassius, and Mr. Oizo.
Released on June 16, 2008, the Busy P x Nike Air Force 1 released exclusively at colette.
11. Nike Air Force High "Stash One Night Only"
Attendees at the Nike Air Force 1 25th Anniversary “One Night Only” Celebration party in New York City (circa 2007) were asked to vote their choice for the greatest Air Force 1 of all time. When votes were tallied, 2003’s Nike Air Force 1 High “Stash/Nozzle” were triumphant. In turn, everyone in attendance were gifted a recreated version deemed the “Stash One Night Only,” with proper “One Night Only” branding on the heel tab.
10. mita x Nike Air Force 1 Low
In 2004, Japanese retailer mita set a new standard on how to integrate multiple materials on one silhouette with the mita x Nike Air Force 1 low. The white leather is the only basic aspect of the design, as the toe guard features an ambitious ostrich-skin in grey, and black nubuck appears on the mid-panel, Swoosh, and lace-placket. Green patent leather on the heel rounds out the shoe.
9. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Playstation"
As far as legends go, few in the sneaker world compare to the coveted Nike Air Force 1 “Playstation,” a promo/friends-and-family release that coincided with the Sony Playstation 3 hitting the marketplace in 2006.
It’s design is intricate and true to the video game console that inspired it. The upper dons patent leather in a shiny piano black on the toe box and a blue-to-white gradient on the heel. The Playstation logo is embroidered onto the heel, with accents on the sole mirroring its color palette.
Needless to say that it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on a pair of the 150 sneakers that were given to hand-selected recipients. But if you do, you’ll pay a pretty penny.
8. atmos x Nike Air Force 1
Like many of the early “specialty” Air Force 1s, the collaboration with Japan-based atmos from 2001 is simple in design and execution. However, its quality materials is what makes it a highly sought after shoe even today. The upper features tumbled leather in a combination of navy and grey a la Georgetown. The white midsole offsets the upper from the grey outsole.
7. CLOT x Nike 1World Air Force 1 Supreme
The Clot x Nike 1World Air Force 1 is essentially two sneakers in one (more on this later), and one of 18 sneakers released during 2008’s legendary Nike 1World Air Force 1 campaign.
Nike called on Hong Kong-based CLOT to create a culturally savvy shoe inspired by Chinese New Year. The theme of the AF1 centers around the New Year’s traditional wishes of luck, happiness and prosperity. The upper is among the most intricate in the shoe’s history, as it features a red Clot Royale Deluxe Silk, the most recognizable Chinese-made textile. Embroidered trademark Clot graphics, inspired by thousand-year-old Chinese prints, are weaved into the design, providing additional detail in the process.
But here’s where things get interesting. Peeling, burning, or tearing off the red upper reveals a dark brown leather upper hidden beneath; Clot’s trademark Chinese-print graphics are also embroidered on the leather.
The Clot x Nike 1World Air Force 1’s “Chinese Candy Box” packaging is as nuanced as the shoe. It’s typical for sweets and other edible delights to be gifted in a red lacquer box during Lunar New Year celebrations to ensure a great, “sweet” year.
6. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Mark Smith Laser"
Nike designer Mark Smith, an integral player in the creation of the Air Jordan IX through XV, also founded the Laser Project – an experimental concept inspired by the idea of “tattooing” a sneaker.
A one-piece upper – meant to mirror skin on the proverbial tattoo – is the canvas for the Nike Air Force 1 “Mark Smith Laser.” Considered one of the most intricately designed Air Force 1 ever, tribalesque designs can be seen throughout the upper, each laser-etched in pristine detail (especially on the toe box and heel). Because tattoos are based on individuality, none of the 200 pairs created and released at New York City retailer Nort are the exact same.
5. VIBE x Nike Air Force 1 Low
There are said to be less than 25 pairs of the never-released Nike Air Force 1 Low “VIBE Magazine” floating around. Created in 2003 to coincide with the iconic Hip-Hop magazine’s 10 anniversary celebration, the sneaker is primarily composed of a black and white upper. The Swoosh and heel are a light blue, while a vibrant pink appears on the outsole, Nike branding on the heel, tongue, and the embroidered VIBE heel logo.
4. Mr. Cartoon x Nike Air Force 1 Low
A conversation about tattoo artists cannot be had without mentioning Mark Machado. Known most by his moniker Mr. Cartoon, the Los Angeles native began his art career air-brushing t-shirts and cars at 12-years-old. As his skill level improved, so did his clientele and room for growth through collaboration. Of the latter, Nike is the first brand that comes to mind.
To know Mr. Cartoon is to understand that his Mexican-American heritage and LA lineage often reflected on his artistic creations. For proof, see the LA Dodgers-inspired “Blue Tattoo” release from 2005. The upper is navy and grey with spider-web detailing on the toe-box, and graffiti-style LA embroidery on the heel resembles the Dodgers logo.
3. Nike Air Force 1 Low "Linen"
Originally a Japan-only release, 2001’s Nike Air Force 1 Low “Linen” is revered as one of the cleanest sneaker colorways of all time. The design is simple: a linen-colored leather upper, a pink swoosh and a matching outsole, and a crisp white midsole. But the wise will tell you that the simplest things in life are often the sweetest.
2. Stash x Nike Air Force 1 Low
Nike commissioned Brooklyn-bred street artist Josh Franklin (b.k.a. Stash) to be the first-ever artist to freelance on a sneaker in 2002.
After building a rapport with Swoosh via a handful of collaborations, 2006’s “Blue Pack,” featuring an Air Max 95 and Air Force 1 low, was released to much fanfare. Focusing on the Stash x Nike Air Force 1 – a combination of rich suede, leather, and nylon materials – the sneaker is as durable as it’s fashionable.
1. Nike Air Force 1 Low "White"
The Air Force 1, first and foremost, is a shoe that can accentuate any outfit. If there was a starter guide for how to wear the classic silhouette, the all white low top version would be the optimum place to start.