The Greatest Nike Air Force 1s From Over the Decades
The Nike Air Force 1 has seen thousands of releases over the course of its 40-year-and-counting history. Collaborations have elevated the former basketball flagship into one of the most enduring icons of sneaker culture. Here are some of the very best from the archive, which are just a few clicks away, thanks to GOAT.
PlayStation x Nike Air Force 1 Low
Videogames and sneakers have a lot of cultural overlap, and that came to a lofty peak in 2006 when PlayStation and Nike created a special Air Force 1. Half the upper was covered in patent leather, playing to the style at the time. This coveted collaboration was subsequently reissued in 2018, but here’s your chance to own the OG – of which only 150 individually numbered pairs were made.
Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Courir’
Courir are a French retailer who were granted an AF-1 SMU (special makeup) in 2002. This deceptively simple black leather upper, white Swoosh, and gum outsole may be super straightforward, but other factors make this a desirable release among the sneaker savvy. The materials and shape were born during an era many pundits consider to be Nike’s most prolific. Given the ‘Courir’ is now 20 years old, few deadstock pairs ever show up.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 Low
New York streetwear OG Supreme’s most recent AF-1 collaboration is also their purest expression. To some, it’s simply a white-on-white pair of Uptowns with a ‘box logo’ (aka ‘bogo’) stamped on the heel. For others, it’s a premium pair (evident by the silky lining and modified panelling) with a literal stamp of authority from one of the scene’s most certified names. Skip the queues via GOAT.
Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Black’
The Off-White x Nike partnership has spawned quite a few Air Force 1s, which has left this particular pair as something of a black sheep among its brightly coloured peers. However, sneakerheads should consider this ‘Black’ edition before they’re all gone, as it perfectly complements the first white release from the influential ‘The Ten’ collection that launched the two brands’ collaboration.
Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Triple Black’
Virgil Abloh was responsible for the Off-White AF-1 above, and just a couple of years later, he masterminded the Louis Vuitton editions too. This collaborative calibre was previously thought unthinkable by many, but the success of the collection has proven otherwise. These are undoubtedly some of the finest-made Air Force 1s ever.
Stash x Nike Air Force 1 Low
Stash carries a lot of cultural weight in the sneaker and street culture spheres. While he was already a heavy hitter in the graffiti world by the 1990s, his crossover into collaborations in the 2000s cemented him as one of the best. Continuing the blue theme of his previous Air Classic BW effort, this Air Force 1 remains one of the most texturally interesting and idiosyncratic colabs ever.
CLOT x Nike Air Force 1
In 2018, CLOT reimagined the white-on-white Air Force 1 by reprising their tearaway silk concept first used on their 2009 colab. This luxurious take featured intricate textile coverings, revealing laser-etched patterned leather underneath if removed. Other notable details include waxed laces and milky midsoles. These make for a fine edition of a classic AF-1 that’s just that little bit different from regular iterations.