Fans of last years Nike SF AF1 will be glad to see that it is returning in a new configuration. Spiritually similar to it’s predecessor, there are some slight changes this time around. Full-grain leather and a ripstop ballistic nylon is augmented with a double entry zipper entry at the heel. The zipper definitely reminds me of the ACRNM prestos. A military styled branding hit at the heel completes the sneaker. If past releases are an indication these will move quickly.
Nike has not been afraid to adapt and change some of it’s best known sneakers. The Air Force 1 is one of their longest running classics and the latest iteration adorns the upper with their patented flyknit construction. Not only is the sneaker completely transformed by the switch in materials, there also fundamentally changed the sole itself, resulting in a shoe that’s half the weight of the original Air Force One. This multi-color flyknit model is now available at Nike along with red and black colorways. Expect more variations on the AF1 Ultra Flyknit to drop soon.
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ACRONYM and Nike Lab are set to release one of the most polarizing sneakers of the year. This is quite an extreme makeover on the iconic Air Force 1 shiloutte. If it looks like a zipper was haphazardly placed onto a regular Lunar Force body, it’s because that was the intention. In a recent interview with 032c, ACRONYM designer Errolson Hugh admitted that once the decision was made to add a functional zip to the sneaker, they were unapologetic about the changes.
There’s nothing subtle about it. You can immediately see the original design and the new parts that are stuck on. It’s an intervention It’s very unapologetic, and I think it was pretty ballsy of Nike to let us do it.
The sneakers themselves will come in three colorways, a simple black suede/leather iteration. A mainly white model with a a dipped infared-colored heel panel and a pretty crazy multi-color sneaker. The sneakers retail for $200 USD and will be dropping this Thursday, September 17 at online at Nike Lab, Oki-Ni, END Clothing and other retailers. Click through to see close up photos of the sneakers and also a short conceptual video highlighting the collab that focuses on surveillance.
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Fresh off the heels of the re-launch of Nike ACG, Acronym designer Errolson Hugh has once again teamed up with Nike on a new take on the Lunar Force 1. The literal centerpiece of the sneaker is a metal zip that extends up the upper. The sneaker features premium suede along with a patent leather heel. My favorite detail is the branded perforated leather tongue that sits atop the design.
Earlier photos also showed a white colorway of the sneaker but time will tell if those will be released alongside these black/white joints. Look for these to hit Nike Lab locations and select Tier 0 accounts like END Clothing, Hanon and Oki-Ni in mid-June.
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I had been waiting for some time to get a pair of Air Forces in premium leather and was really excited to see this Nike Lab release. While they may not look too different from standard Forces, a closer look reveals a few key differences. The leather on these feels way better than the regular sneakers. In addition the back tab is now left unbranded and have been given the reflective 3M treatment. These are also improved in terms of comfort, with added Phylon cushioning. I just wish they would drop a Air Force Hi model of these as well.
Get the Mids and lows over at Nike Lab.
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