Air Force 1
Icon. Travis Scott. Uprising. Rager
- Nike x Travis Scott
- Air Force 1
- Perforated Canvas Upper
- Multi-coloured Reflective Piping
- Removable Graphic Lace Patches
- Removable Velcro Swoosh
- Grill Deubrè
Released as part of the AF-100 to celebrate 35 years of the Air Force 1. Travis Scott transforms a street icon for his second Nike silhouette, the elements that pervade the silhouette are representative of the 'Rager' personality that Scott prides himself in when performing and his Houston upbringing. The upper is made up of perforated canvas - an allusion to Houston workman culture. Multi-coloured reflective piping is used across the upper and laceguard. Details across the lacing include a removable gold plated grill deubrè that replaces the traditional AF-1 deubrè, as an ode to Travis' own grill. A removable lace patch motif featuring Travis' Cactus Jack graphic and an XO'd sketch graphic. A removable velcro Swoosh is featured on both sides of this AF-1. Upside down Nike Air logo on the heel tab. The signature Air outsole is finished in gum.
Available in 2 colours: White and Sail. Explore the Travis Scott Air Force 1 on Shoe Shelf
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 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.