Air Force 1
Errolson Hugh provides an update to a street icon.
- Nike x ACRONYM®
- Lunar Force 1 - Air Force 1 Variant
- White Leather Upper
- Deconstructed Stitch Swoosh
- Lace Guard Zips
- Ridged White Lunarlon Midsole
- Woven Fabric Heel Pull Tabs
The Nike x ACRONYM® Lunar Force 1 was one of the 5 collaborative silhouettes Nike produced in 2017 to celebrate 35 years of the Air Force 1. Errolson Hugh adds a series of zips where the laceguard is to allow seamless entry and exit into the silhouette without having to unlace. The Swoosh is partially deconstructed from the quarter panel and is held in place by 2 adjacent stitches. The heel counter arrives in a synthetic textile and has a woven fabric pull tab. The shoe is dressed in the Air Force 1's signature white on white, for a succinctly clean finish.
The Lunar Force 1 was introduced in 2012. The Lunar Force 1 differs from the Air Force 1 by removing its signature Air cushioned midsole and replacing it with a ridged Lunarlon infused one. Lunar foam is a fusion of EVA & Nitril rubber, the mechanics differ from traditional shock absorbing materials such as EVA and standard Phylon by redistributing pressure across the foot. Lunar foam is actually held in a Phylon casing and this is what Nike term Lunarlon.
Silhouette Explored — History
The Air Force 1 needs no introduction. Originally, a basketball sneaker and the first to bring Air technology to the court, the AF1's legacy now lies in the street. The original blank canvas silhouette, the Air Force 1 is a classic of timeless simplicity. After Nike introduced Air cushioning to their running trainers in 1978 with the release of the Air Tailwind, Air was ready for the hardwood. The Air Force 1 was designed by Bruce Kilgore and introduced by Nike in 1982, it was originally available as a high-top silhouette with a fabric strap (or a proprioceptus belt as termed by Nike), the low model was introduced in 1983.
One of its most distinguishable design features (that was then replicated in other Nike models such as the Air Jordan 1) is its concentric circular patterned outsole, this replaced the traditional herringbone pattern that Nike introduced through the Blazer & the Bruin; as a performance tool the change elevated traction by enhancing the ability to pivot, a key tool for the NBA's big men in the post. Nike picked 6 NBA stars to market and wear the shoe, now known as the 'OG Six' they included the late Moses Malone & Mychal Thompson.
After 2 years on the floor, the Air Force 1 was retired in 1984 before being reissued in '86 - quite possibly the first Nike shoe to be retroed. Arguably, the defining feature of the Air Force 1 is its deubré (commonly known as the lace lock), they serve a purpose in maintaining the aligning of the laces whilst keeping them tight but hold decorative value, with a number of collaborators such as Travis Scott customising it and several brands offering deubré variants. Off the hardwood, the Air Force 1's longevity can be traced to its versatility, and a license to freedom and expression that each wearer has, the Air Force 1 is renowned for inspiring a number of custom unofficial colourways.
In the last decade, as Nike have introduced new materials and technologies, the Air Force 1 has acted as a melting pot, variants now include Flyknit, Flyleather, Hyperfuse and Foamposite replacing the AF1's traditional all leather upper. Cultural phenomena like Air Force 1 toe-box creasing defines the experience that owners know too well. A fresh pair of Air Force's is akin to a barber giving you a new haircut. The Air Force 1 has unparalleled generational adaptability.
Available in at least a million variations, there's not enough room to fit them all. Explore the Air Force 1 by visiting Shoe Shelf.
The (un)official shoe of New York, the Air Force 1 inherited its 'Uptown' nickname from the Pro-Ked 69er, a staple silhouette in the 60s and 70s. The likes of Jay Z, Nas, the Diplomats and J Cole have referenced the Air Force 1; Nelly made a song titled Air Force Ones celebrating the shoe, whilst Dr Dre has been rumoured to have a new pair for every day of the year. Other references in popular culture include them being donned by Jax Teller in Sons of Anarchy and a feature in Entourage.
Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing APE® produce their own silhouette with the Air Force 1's likeness, called the Bapesta.