Nike Crack the Air Force 1 ‘Acorn’ RetroRelease: 29 June 2021
Yet another throwback Nike Air Force 1 colourway is returning. It’s been going on for a number of years now, with early-2000s greats like the ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘Ivory Snake’. This time it is the ‘Acorn’ from 2002, which flips the usual AF-1 materials while simultaneously adopting a prescient brown palette.,
Regular AF-1s uppers use leather on just about every panel. The ‘Acorn’, on the other hand, substituted in natural coloured canvas on the toe box, mid panel, and tongue. This contrasted nicely against the light brown leather that wrapped the adjacent panels, while dark brown lining and laces added additional accenting. And it also appears Nike have brought back the mini Swoosh stitched onto the throat of the eyestays where the tongue begins. It’s great to see they’ve paid attention to these little details.
Time for a fun story. Back in the day, quite a few pairs of ‘Acorn’ AF-1s were plagued with poor quality control (glue stains, soiled canvas), were stamped as B-Grades, and subsequently sent off to Nike factory outlets. Collectors thus gave these not-fit-for-GR-consumption Forces the affectionate nickname of ‘B-Corn’. Hopefully the 2021 retro has ironed out those 20-year-old kinks.
The Nike Air Force 1 ‘Acorn’ retro returned to Nike and select retailers on April 29, while Stateside sneakerheads will have another shot at the ‘Acorn’ when it drop on SNKRS on June 29.