Who What Wear recently wrote a sneaker feature (HERE) proclaiming the Nike Air Force trainers as one of the most versatile and broadly appealing styles. I have to agree.

Designed by Bruce Kilgore, the name references Air Force One – the official carrier the president of the United States. Air Force 1 was first produced in 1982, discontinued in 1984, then re-released in 1985 with the iconic Nike ‘Swoosh”

Nike Air Force 1’s became the most pervasive sneaker style worn in Harlem, giving rise to the nickname, “Uptowns”. This style is still used for both street and professional play and NBA players like Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace have worn them on the court.

Below are some key Nike Air Force design features you should be aware of if you’re considering investing in a pair:

Air Technology in the midsole reduces the risk of injury

A wide base and supportive upper ensure superior stability

The outsole provides excellent traction without compromising agility

Iconic design that’s timeless and minimalist

The Nike Air Force 1 has been one of the most iconic silhouettes of all time and personally, I think you can’t go wrong investing in a pair.

These are the 3 styles I like all available at Superbalist

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 flyease R2,299 (BUY) is the sneaker that NEVER goes out of style.

It’s such a classic and would work with everything from a suit to a more casual look of sweats, a T-shirt and trench coat.

I love the print on these Air Force 1 lx R2,399 (BUY) and the fact that the style uses pristine materials. The low-cut, padded collar looks so sleek and feels great. Again, a style you could wear with just about anything.

These Air Force 1 ’07 Premium R2,599 (BUY) have the coolest Retro vibe. I adore the brick red colour, smooth leather and waxed laces.

Which are your favourites and do you own a pair of Nike Air Force 1’s?

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