The 40th anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1 has been celebrated with a number of interesting general releases as well as high-profile collaborations.
The design is simple and only keeps the sneaker’s most important parts
Bruce Kilgore’s famous design from 1982 has recently come back in a simple outfit with a non-standard “NIKE 101” logo on the sock-liners. Most of the upper is made of suede, with purple and blue accents on the stitching at the side of the forefoot and on the profile swooshes. The logos on the top of the tongue and the upper heel panel of the Air Force 1 Low also add a splash of orange color. The “barebones” look sits on top of a heavily yellowed, semi-translucent sole unit, which completes the “back to basics” look of Kilgore’s latest creation.
Overall, the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Nike 101” looks like a pretty good model for anyone who wants a basic, no-frills version of the classic sneaker. It’s probably also a good place for people who are new to the line to start. Whether collectors will like it more is a different question.