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30 years of Nike Air Force 1

It’s rare for a fashion to last longer than a year, but a shoe that lasts over 30 years is truly unique. Created by legendary designer Bruce Kilgore, the Nike Air Force 1 has been made in over 1,700 colour variations and is available in low, mid and high-tops. Since its birth in 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has had an almost unlimited combination of colours and designs, but the strong favourite and best seller is still the white on white classic, closely followed by the black on black.

Starting out as a favourite among ball players in Harlem, New York, the Nike Air Force 1 was Nike’s first real leap into basketball territory, after previously only dominating the track. It was so successful on the court because it was the first basketball shoe to use Nike Air Technology, in which a pocket filled with air was built into the heel for extra cushioning. Along with Nike Air Tech, the sole’s circular patterning instead of the typical herringbone design allowed for better pivoting.

Over the years, the Nike Air Force 1 has been sported by the likes of 50 Cent, Ronaldo, A$ap Rocky, Busta Rhymes as well as a host of other A-listers who have helped cement the trainer’s place in history.
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Nike Air Force 1

The Nike Air Force 1 is perhaps the most recognisable shoe in the world, but did you know:

The prototype for the Nike Air Force 1 had a metal spring in its heel to give it extra bounce, but it was never included in the actual shoe due to fear of lawsuit.

The team behind the Nike Air Force 1 included an architect, biomechanists, podiatrists and an aerospace engineer.

With over 30 years of success and over 2,000 styles, the Nike Air Force 1 is the best-selling shoe in athletic history.

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