Nike Air Force One Shoes

Published: 09th March 2009
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The Nike, Inc company through its designer Bruce Kilgore made the athletic shoes that they have dubbed the Air Force 1; this is commonly worn in basketball games. Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse have worn them in their games.

The shoes have been named after the American president's official plane the Air Force One. The shoes come in three different styles the low top, mid top and the high top the latter being not so common in many stores that sell these shoes. The most common are low-top and mid-top. The mid-top and high-top can be identified by the Velcro-securable strap, whereas the mid-top strap is secured to the shoe, the straps are removable and movable in the high-top. The Air Force One shoes comes in many different colors, the most common Air Force 1's sold are the ones sold in white colors commonly referred to as white on white or dark colors.

Other characteristic that identify the Air Force 1 shoe is the small, removable medallion that is located at the bottom of the laces; this medallion is with holes on either side that allows you to remove it by sliding it off the shoe laces. The medallion is made of silver colored metal has engravings with inscriptions "AF-1" and "82" which shows the year it was first made. The original shape of the medallion was circular but after it was redesigned to mark the 25th Anniversary it has taken a rectangular shape, also the silver medallion has been replaced by a white plastic one that has the same inscriptions. The Air Force VVX was introduced to mark the anniversary.

Air Force 1's were first produced in 1982 and then discontinued in 1983. The shoes were then re-released three years after it's discontinuing (1986), this time it was now branding the modern italic Nike logo on the bottom back of the shoes. Nothing major has changed with the shoes since then. However the original stitching on the side panels is not common with the modern versions of the shoes. Since then there have been more than 1,700 color variations that have been produced, this directly translates to an estimated revenue of 800 million United States dollars per year.

Nike Air Force 1's is considered the most popular shoe among the youth, hip hop artists and also street basketball players. In the year 2002 rapper St. Lunatics and Nelly collaborated in a single that was about the shoes.

Five years after the creation of the Air Force 1, Nike, Inc introduced the Air Force 2 shoes; this basically is a newer variation of the original, it has the typical flat-sole and comes in many colors. As Air Force 1, the Air Force 2 was re-released in the early 2000s. They too come in different designs, either the low-cut or high-top style. This later version can be made in any custom style but majorly they are in white or black with any color used to fill in the back heel and the Nike Swoosh.

Air Force 3 was introduced in 1988 and is the most popular of the three versions and more durable. In 1989 the Air Force 4 was introduced.

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