The new Stüssy x Nike Air Force 1 will be on sale next week
The next Stüssy x Nike Air Force 1 collab is here soon.
The Air Force 1 was designed by legendary Nike designer Bruce Kilgore (Air Jordan 2, Nike Dunk et al) and was the first basketball shoe to use Nike’s patented Air technology. Introduced in 1982, it had a short initial life and was discontinued in 1984, before being re-released in 1985 with a sleeker design and more modern Swoosh. The sneakers – nicknamed “uptowns” because they were a staple for Harlem teenagers throughout the 90s – have been produced in more than 1,700 color variations in the 40 years since their launch.
This iconic sneaker is also one of the most popular in Nike’s extensive shoe catalog. Rapper Y2K Nelly dedicated an entire song, simply titled “Air Force Ones,” to sneakers in 2002, while 19 years later sneaker freaker reported that it was the best-selling shoe design of 2021, generating over £600million in just 12 months.
The Air Force 1 has been the subject of some of the best sneaker collaborations to date. Supreme dropped a ‘Triple White’ version of the sneakers in 2020, while Drake teased us with his own Certified Lover version of the silhouette for over a year. Meanwhile, the late Virgil Abloh sent sneakerheads and fashion editors into a frenzy when he previewed a Louis Vuitton version of the Air Force 1 as part of the Spring 2022 men’s show. Parisian brand in June 2021.
Today, Stüssy breathes new life into the silhouette, which is traditionally characterized by its platform sole and fuss-free construction. The Southern California label has worked with Nike for over 20 years, with the release of the Stussy x Nike Air Huarache LE in 2000 marking the start of a long-term deal. This will be the third time the two have collaborated on the Air Force 1 – the first Stüssy AF1, released in 2020, was constructed from hemp cotton, then in 2021 they produced recycled versions of the shoes.
The collaboration has been teased for several months on Stüssy’s social media, but today we can confirm that it’s on the way. To celebrate AF1’s 40th anniversary, Stüssy has reworked a mid-top, ankle-high version of the classic trainer in a host of colorways. So far, Stüssy has only unveiled one iteration of the design, which features snakeskin Swooshes, a black and white colourway, and Stüssy branding to the heel, velcro straps, tongue, and ankle area. toes.
The good news is that you won’t have to wait long for the first pair to drop, as Stüssy announced via Instagram that the sneakers will go on sale May 13. As always, expect the sneakers to fly: historically, every pair of Nike and Stüssy sneakers have sold out within minutes.
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