In 1983, six defensive stalwarts, dressed in flight suits stood on a tarmac for a photo shoot supporting the latest in basketball footwear: the Nike Air Force 1. Their characteristics — toughness and strengths — represented the shoe’s nature, and by virtue a powerful stance.
Since then basketball has evolved, and the game has captured the world’s attention and influenced creative activity from the arts to fashion. Similarly, those spheres have inspired the players. But while positional skills and statistics have evolved, the hunger that breeds success remains the same as in the early years of the AF1.
“I honestly believe that passion is a skill set,” states Draymond Green. “That passion comes from a love of the game and growing up in the game. Hooping all day until the street lights come on.”
Introducing the Special Field Air Force 1
With the evolution of the game in mind, the Air Force 1 has transformed as well. The latest in this lineage, the Special Field Air Force 1, which incorporates premium full grain leather, rip stop ballistic nylon and new, interwoven and adjustable ankle straps.