Nike Drip ‘Gum’ Soles onto the Air Force 1 GORE-TEX BootRelease: 28 October 2020
After first visions about a month ago, these tough Nike Air Force 1 GORE-TEX Boots are just about ready to release. Timed perfectly for inclement conditions north of the equator, and perfect for the GORE-flexing masochists from the bottom half, these up-specced AF-1s are almost literal tanks.
Up top, Nike have used thicker leather to keep feet warm and shielded from the elements. The usual toe box perforations are plugged up to keep water out. If water somehow manages to penetrate the surface, the GORE-TEX membrane hiding underneath stops the seeping dead in its tracks. The GORE-TEX also allows sweat vapour to pass out, stopping any clammy conditions inside.
Other components are toughened up too. The ankle strap is beefier with rubberised hardware, and the pull tab is extra wide for sure grip. But the piece de resistance is that boot-like outsole! It’s wrapped around the usual AF-1 midsole, creating a faux-welt for extra water resistance, while the tread is enlarged like its Duckboot predecessor. Throw in some XL AIR branding and GORE-TEX embroidery, and this is a sneaker that’s tough to… boot!
These AF-1s are pretty much ready for battle. Releasing in ‘Black Gum’ on October 28 via Nike retailers.