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Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'
Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins'

Nike Pay Homage To the Bronx With the Air Force 1 Anniversary Edition 'Bronx Origins'

News on this release was first published May 6, 2022.

Update May 16, 2022: Fresh images have arrived of the Nike Air Force 1 'Bronx Origins' from @prvt.selection! This pair will be hitting shelves to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary AF-1. Stay locked to SF for release date updates.

Nike are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Air Force 1 in 2022, and as part of the festivities they've cooked up a special Air Force 1 Low 'Bronx Orgins' that honours the Bronx. When it comes to AF1 history, Harlem may be known for the famous 'Uptowns' nickname – bestowed on the Air Force 1 because of its status in the Upper Manhattan neighbourhood – but the Bronx is equally as important to the Air Force 1. Not only is the Bronx the birthplace of hip-hop, an art form that's long championed the Air Force 1, it was also the location of 'Jew Man's,' a famous boutique owned by Teddy Held that was the best spot in all the five boroughs to score fresh Air Force 1s at in the 1980s and 1990s.,

That's a lot of history to pack into one shoe, so the 'Bronx Orgins' does it in a concise fashion. Its moniker is printed in black Olde English font under its translucent outsoles, while the upper is made of premium white leather and embellished with a black Swoosh. Special details include '1973' and '1982' lace deubres that nod to the year hip-hop was created and the year the Air Force 1 first released, respectively, a gold-accented tongue tag, another Olde English hit on the heel and a special record detail on the insole.

Ironically enough, Nike took local flak for not showing the Bronx enough love only two years ago. When they tightened their distribution strategy in 2020 to focus on sales through their own channels and partnerships with large chain retailers/boutiques, several independent sneaker retailers received correspondence stating that their accounts were being terminated. One of these retailers was Frank's Sports Shop in the Bronx, a nearly century-old business that had held a Nike account for almost 40 years and according to co-owner Ron Stein was one of the Swoosh's oldest accounts in the metro NYC area. 'I know one thing. My people are rich in heart, rich in attitude and they don’t believe they’re ever down and I don’t like it when [brands] treat us as a down place,' Ron Stein's father Moe Stein memorably quipped at the time. Maybe this Air Force 1 is the Swoosh extending an olive branch to the Boogie Down BX!

A release date for the Nike Air Force 1 Anniversary Edition 'Bronx Origins' has yet to be announced, but will likely arrive soon. In years past, the Swoosh have keyed up NYC-exclusive drops for Big Apple-themed Air Force 1s, so it's not unreasonable to think a release of that nature could be going down here as well!

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