Nike has changed the Air Force 1 many times before. Every year, the brand comes out with new, different models. But the brand hasn’t often tried out different cutouts on this silhouette. It’s trying this out with this new colorway.
Unclear mid-panel and toe cap give this pair a fresh look
When you look at the design of this pair, it’s hard not to think of the late Virgil Abloh, who was the founder of Off-White and often used cuts to decorate his collaborations. But instead of copying Abloh’s circular cuts, Nike chose to show the insides of the Air Force 1 by giving the mid-panel and toe cap a shape that isn’t clear. On the back of the second one, the window shows a deep brown snakeskin on one side and a mix of leather and canvas on the other. On the front of the first one, the opening is completely visible, except for the space between the two unfinished ends of the Swoosh, which is filled in.
The Air Force 1 Low really gets my attention. It’s a shoe that has had cutouts and not much structure for a long time, but this new, changed version adds a lot to the design. Overall, it looks sharper and less bulky, and the use of materials like mesh and leather gives it a more refined look.