The hardest working shoe in the shoe business is still hard at work. Each and every month several new colorways of the Nike Air Force One are released. This month is no different. Labeled the best shoe ever by the sneaker community, the Air Force One remains one of the most popular sneakers on the market. No other athletic shoe ever produced has seen as many editions and colorways as this shoe has seen. So, why does this shoe, considered the best sneaker made, continue to impress us on a regular basis? There are several reasons, a few which are comfort, durability, and design.
Comfort – The Nike Air Force One was the first ever Nike shoe to use their hugely popular Air Technology System. This Nike Air Technology is popular for a reason. This system provides the most cushioned ride any athletic shoe has seen. So, what is Nike Air? Nike Air units used in their shoes utilizes the process of containing pressurized gas that is encapsulated in polyurethane.
Durability – The Air Force One is the most, if not one of, the most durable retro sneakers ever made. The thickness of the midsole due to the Nike Air units housed within, is primarily what makes the shoe so durable. The outsole is made of is made of an extremely durable rubber compound. This outsole will last for years.
Design – The AF1 was designed by Bruce Kilgore in 1982. Kilgore used a simple, sleak design on the shoe’s upper. The midsole was constructed with enough thickness to hold the large Nike Air units which are contained within it. The design of the shoe creates a compartmentalized design makeup up that allows for utilization of a wide variety of different materials and color elements on both he upper and midsole.
The newest Air Force One is dressed in green from head to toe. The upper’s heel and midfoot are covered in gorge green full grain leather. The forefoot cup of the upper is also done in gorge green but uses patent leather. The midsole, Swoosh, and heel tab use white and the outsole features gorge green to finish off the shoe.
Although this shoe was the NikeAir Force One was originally made for basketball in mid-cut and high-cut versions, the low-cut AF1 has become the best sneaker ever made. Although the Air Force One is not a pair of Nike shoes for basketball, there have been a couple of NBA basketball players that have laced them up for the hardcourt. Rasheed Wallace was infamous for his high-top Air Force One’s. But do to the weight of the shoe, the AF1 just doesn’t provide the high performance qualities in a basketball shoe that professional players need in today’s game.