Nike Air Force One Shoes
by Amy Finley
Nike Air Force One Shoes: From B-ball to Collectin’em All
Nike Air Force One Shoes, an old school style originally designed for basketball, have made their mark as some of the most popular shoes ever. Few people wear them today for basketball – advances in technology have brought shoes that are more lightweight and competitive for the basketball shoe market, but Nike Air Force One shoes have cemented a place for themselves in the fashion industry and the collector’s market.
Designed by Bruce Kilgore in 1982, Nike Air Force One shoes experienced a surge of popularity with their re-release in the nineteen nineties, and people went mad for’em again after Nelly’s hit song (2002) on the Nike Air Force One. Shoes may come, and shoes may go, but not where the AF1’s concerned.
Talkin’ With Your AF1’s
The original design of Nike Air Force One shoes is the white, low-cut style, with the thick signature sole and large swoosh. Besides the emphasis on the swoosh, the overall design, while reflecting Nike signature quality, is fairly simple. So why the fashion frenzy over Nike Air Force One Shoes? Well, there are a couple of reasons.
First off, there’s the collector’s market. There are hundreds of different models of Nike Air Force One shoes, available in hi cut, low cut, and mid cut styles. These can be found in virtually any color combination you can think up…and then some. Some of these models are extremely rare and were released in very small quantities, so for Nike collectors, getting their hands on a pair of rare Nike Air Force One Shoes are sweet shoe success. (The value is most likely only going to increase, so owning a pair of rare or vintage Nike AF1’s is just like money in the bank).
The second reason for the resurgence and continuing popularity of Nike Air Force One shoes is the return to retro. Retro shoe and clothing styles are hot, and their classic cuts and styles make the more than just a passing fad. So to rev up fashion flavor, Nike Air Force One shoes fit the bill.
Nike Air Force One shoes are also hot commodities because of the customization rage. Remix da Kicks put a huge kick in these classic Nikes by creating customized AF1’s. In an age where individuality reigns, anybody can make a statement; you’ll be talkin’ with your Nike Air Force One shoes without having to say a word.
Customizing Nike Air Force One shoes can be (and has been) done with everything from jewels to bamboo, logos, etched leather, inserts, paint, crazy color combos, team colors, player logos – get a good customizer, and your creativity is the only thing limiting you.
Nike Air Force One Shoes: Prices and Fakes
Prices vary, but most pairs of Nike Air Force One shoes aren’t exactly cheap, especially for vintage, rare, and customized models. The Internet is a great place to look for Nike Air Force One’s, but you need to be careful – sometimes a deal that seems too good to be true… well, is.
According to www.instyleshoes.com, there are many who try to sell Nike Air force One fakes. To ensure you don’t get taken when you buy your Nike Air Force One shoes, the site suggests making sure you are dealing with a reputable company and using common sense in buying from auction sites and forums –i.e. reading the reviews of sellers, etc.
Whether you’re collecting your Nike Air Force One shoes or cruising in’em, one thing’s for sure: this is one old school shoe that has proved it makes the grade.
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