Introduced in 1982, the Air Force 1 redefined basketball footwear from the hardwood to the blacktop. It was the first basketball sneaker to house Nike Air, but its innovative nature has since taken a backseat to its status as a street icon.
Arguably one of Nike’s most timeless silhouettes, the Nike Air Force 1 is a go-to staple for sneaker collectors and general consumers alike. The perfect canvas for multiple colourways and collaborations, since 1982, the Air Force 1 has gone through drastic changes with technology but will always be known for its originality and iconic aesthetics.
Before it became a streetwear legend, the Air Force 1 was a defining basketball silhouette—and this edition aims to revive the style with funky vibes inspired by retro basketball aesthetics. In tribute to Nike’s time-traveling all-star team, the Roswell Rayguns, it features a throwback colour palette, embroidered accents and other hip details that celebrate the ’70s. First seen in 2005 on the Nike SB Dunk Lows in both ‘Home’ & ‘Away’ colours, Nike retrod both releases with an updated twist. As far as classic models go, its only right to include the Air Force 1.
With a classic white leather base, this Raygun edition features orange on the heel counter along with a black Swoosh and yellow detailing to follow all in satin material. Black lining, laces and outsole add finishing touches and the Raygun insignias are placed atop the lateral heels, but this variation solely uses the alien-colored basketball head logo instead of the traditional full body silhouette to complete a throwback release.