With more than 2,000 iterations produced — including color, silhouette, material and construction variations — the Nike Air Force 1 has achieved a level of recognition that not many other sneakers can claim.
What separates Bruce Kilgore’s design from that of most sneakers isn’t that it marked the introduction of Air to basketball or that its proprioceptive strap was one of the first incarnations of increased ankle stability; it’s that the Air Force 1 has managed to inspire communities the world over.
The shoe’s endless iterations have inspired fierce loyalty across communities for three decades, propelling the iconic silhouette beyond the basketball court to the pinnacle of sport and street culture. From couture designers to musicians, the Nike Air Force 1 remains an underground style standard. Throughout its 33-year history, the shoe has slowly established itself as a canvas for self-expression.