January 19, 2012 BY John Kim / 11
The popularity of the Nike Air Force 1 ‘Workboot’ releases that debuted in the Spring 2010 season was expected; the Air Force 1, while originally a basketball shoe, had that bulk and size that made it rockable as a pair of winter boots – just keep your vision feet-level during the cold months in NYC and you’ll see quite a number of AF1s trudging around town. The leather uppers and roped work-boot laces gave those Air Force 1 Workboot releases that cool cross-over flair, but sneaker customizer Wolfstein re-imagined the Workboot Force 1 by creating a pair of Lows inspired by one of his favorites – the Red Wing 8166. He took advantage of the boot leather options on Nike iD and selected the Pecan leather with a solid Sail outsole, and put on the finishing touch with the workboot laces, the Red Wing hangtag, and the custom Red Wing insoles. If you’re not familiar with the Red Wing 8166, click below and you’ll see the seamless combination of the popular boot model and the Air Force 1.