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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Year of the Dog” (2006)

September 4th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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Nike Sportswear continues to lengthen the honorable tradition of creating special Air Force 1 Low releases to commemorate the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac. With this year’s trifecta of Dragon drops and last year’s amazing Year of the Rabbit, you may believe that the ‘Year of the…’ releases have always been ornate, but that isn’t the case; most of the earlier versions featured basic, tonal uppers with minute details in the form of Chinese characters. The 2006 release of the ‘Year of the Dog’ changed all that; designed by Runyo Chen of Nike, Himm of Shanghai’s Urban Magazine, and PK of LC Advertising, the Year of the Dog was actually a two-pronged release – one in the classic, subtle version that would be pleasing to the masses, and a second version that was far more decorated.

The primary inspiration behind the Air Force 1 Low ‘Year of the Dog’ was the Tibetan Mastiff as well as other cultural tidbits from Tibet. The toe-box featured bright colors influenced by Tibetan jewelry and garments, while the laser detailing on the orange sectionals was a tribute to the traditional robes worn by monks. The Chinese character on the heel also represented the Tibetan Mastiff dog, one of the most powerful breeds in the entire species. As we alluded to before, there were two versions of the shoe – the second being a two-toned red upper with the festive graphic on the heel-tab and the character on the heel. The trio of Runyo, Himm, and PK was responsible for other China-specific Nike releases in the past as well, like the ‘Shanghai’ Nike SB Dunk Low as well as the ‘Year of the Phoenix’ Air Force 1 Low. Today, Runyo continues his sublime work with Nike Sportswear, leaving trails of his influence on NSW footwear and apparel in years past. More of the ‘Year of the Dog’ is just below, so take a look at tonight’s Classics Revisited and let us know where this ranks among the best ‘Year of the…’ releases of all-time!

Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Year of the Dog’
Varsity Red/White-Orange

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Houston Astros” (2006)

September 3rd, 2012 by | 12 comments

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For a fresh week of Classics Revisited, Sneaker News will revisit the Air Force 1 Low for a second time (simply because one pair of Forces per night for five days simply was not enough)! Right smack in the middle of the 2000′s, the Air Force 1 Low took a distinct turn; the shoe was made popular by earlier releases thanks to durable yet delicate leathers and suedes, but most of what came out of the Nike Sportswear production line featured patent leather galore. Kiwis, Easters, LeBron James Premiums, Scarfaces, Halloweens – all of these great Air Force 1 releases had ‘patent leather’ in common. Perhaps the most coveted of these shiny Air Force 1s is the ‘Houston Astros’ version; this particular pair, like the aforementioned models, utilizes the glossy patent leather on the upper in the colors of the Houston Astros throwback uniforms. The Houston Astros Air Force 1 Low was part of ┬áHouston Tribute Pack that also included a Zoom LeBron III (Houston Oilers) and Air Zoom Kobe 1 (Houston Rockets). This limited edition set was never released and instead were handed out to VIPs during the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX. More of this amazing Air Force 1 Low below, so take a look and prepare yourself for another streak of awesome AF1 goodness!

Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Houston Astros’

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Classics Revisited: HTM x Nike Air Force 1 Low (2002)

June 8th, 2012 by | No comments

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Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Smith are three of the most influential figures in Nike and sneaker history, serving as pioneering architects for some of the most progressive sneaker designs and concepts ever to grace the planet. Any project they touch has magnificent results, but what would happen if the three minds meshed together to form one idea? The world may not be able to handle that level of wisdom, but a collective of Hiroshi, Tinker, and Mark was created anyway, forming the ‘HTM’ label that has produced some insane classics over the last decade. In 2002, HTM devised a special duet of Air Force 1 Lows, but it’s not as intricate or advanced as you might think; in fact, the original run of the HTM x Nike Air Force 1 might be the simplest Air Force 1 collaboration ever, as both feature basic tonal colorways with contrast stitching, built with premium leather uppers.

Both the Paul Brown and Black colorways were limited to just 1,500 individually-numbered pairs, and were available exclusive in Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe. The special box-packaging as well as the HTM hang-tag and insole patch gave these basic Air Force 1s some personal flavor, proving that wild colorways and out-of-the-ordinary materials weren’t necessary in making a shoe stand out. The Nike Air Force 1 ‘HTM 1′ was the perfect display of maximizing proven methods as it accentuated the beauty of the Air Force 1 design with the minimalistic approach, and to this day remains a coveted collector’s item as much as the previous four Air Force 1s we detailed this week. Later in 2008, HTM brought back its original Air Force 1 in the same colors, using a luxurious croc-skin upper and Hiroshi’s fragment design logo on the heel to give it new life. Check out both colorways below, and let us know which pair from our Classics Revisited Nike Air Force 1 Low Week you enjoyed the most!

HTM x Nike Air Force 1

Paul Brown/Paul Brown-Net

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Classics Revisited: Stash x Nike Air Force 1 Low (2006)

June 7th, 2012 by | 2 comments

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Brooklyn-native Josh Franklin, perhaps more readily recognizable as ‘Stash’ in art and sneaker circles, is the first artist to freelance with Nike on a sneaker. There’s a lot of prestige with that title, as his works with classic Nike silhouettes are credited as the pioneering figures for the “sneakerhead” culture of the early 2000′s, which circled around the sexiness of indie art and exclusivity and tied into the growing appeal of sneaker boutiques. Stash started out tagging up subway cars and eventually became engrossed with sneakers thanks to the B-boy culture, and things took off for Stash in the sneaker scene when he met Mark Parker out in Japan and when NORT/Recon opened up in the Lower East Side not long after the events of 9/11. The last few years haven’t been quite as harmonious for Stash; fall-out with Nike, which some would say is the brand that put Stash’s name on the sneaker map, and the closing of his store partly due to a freak accident with plumbing in the building kept Stash’s under the radar for a short period of time, but he came back in full force working with brands like Reebok, Lacoste, and a slew of other urban fashion labels as he’s done even before his “tenure” with Nike.

Stash’s Nike legend began with 2002′s Artist Series and the Air Classic BW, which was limited to 1,000 individually numbered pairs. What followed was a slew of other freelance projects (a term he prefers over ‘collaboration’) with Nike iD, the Air Force 1 High, the Air Force 1 Mid, and finally, in March of 2006, the ‘Blue Pack’ consisting of the Air Max 95 and Air Force 1 Low. Stash’s ‘stash’ of Nike collaborations (no pun intended, we promise) is not to be messed with, revitalizing old classics with his personal visions and proving that with these “collaborations”, it truly is the “collaborator” who makes the shoes. After the release of the Air Force 1 and Air Max 95 in March of that year, he worked on the Nike SB P-Rod as well as the Air Zoom Kobe 1 to give both debut signature shoes that level of ‘cool’, but sadly, the volume of his Nike projects would slow down considerably, as his Air Force 1 Mids in ’08 would prove to be his final bow with the brand. Regardless of how his relationship with Nike played out, he undeniably┬ásparked the flint in the sneaker game and left at the top – that’s a success story that only a small percentage in any field can be legitimately tout in their resumes.

For today’s Classics Revisited, our focus is on the Nike Air Force 1 Low of 2006; it released exclusively at NORT/Recon in New York City (March 25th) and San Francisco (March 26th) alongside the Air Max 95; the colorway was a bit of a reprisal of his original Air Classic BW concept, using rich suede, leather, and nylon materials to give the sneaker a unique construction. Not only is the Stash x Nike Air Force 1 a great looking shoe, it’s one of the most durable, weather-ready Air Force 1s ever made because it’s built rock-solid from front to back. Stash was present at both release events and signed shoe-boxes for those who came through (there were lines around the block for the release). Check below for a detailed viewing of the Stash x Nike Air Force 1 as well as some photos from the release event and let us know where these rank among your favorite Air Force 1s in history!

Stash x Nike Air Force 1 Low
Harbor Blue/Sport Royal-Soft Grey

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Sakura Ueno” (2005)

June 6th, 2012 by | 6 comments

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It’s undeniable that the Japanese sneaker culture is in stark contrast with the American scene, but both East and West is indeed anchored by the Nike Air Force 1, which has served as the backbone of these two distinct regional bodies. Some of the greatest Air Force 1s ever created were in fact Japan-exclusives (yesterday’s Linens, for example), but none may be as limited or specially-treated like the Air Force 1 Low ‘Sakura’ – ┬áthe 2005 Japan-exclusive Tier 0 release. The ‘Sakura’ (a women’s release) was designed with the cherry blossom in mind, adopting the charming colorway with the Light Bone suede upper and Watermelon pink outsole and utilizing the laser-etch method on the upper, with the flowers (‘Sakura’ in Japanese) adorning the front half of the shoe as well as on the tongue; hints of ‘Ueno’ are scribbled within the flower petals as well as on the custom embroidery on the heel as a call-out to the Ueno region in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2008, Nike Sportswear embarked on a mission to crown the greatest Air Force 1 of all-time. Of course, the three American cities that boast the proudest Air Force 1 fandom – New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore – would have differing opinions, so each of those cities held its own individual vote, and without surprise, the Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Sakura’ was deemed one of the three best Air Force 1s in history (voted by the city of Baltimore). As a reward to the city’s participation, the Air Force 1 ‘Sakura’ was re-released at select locations in very, very limited numbers, perhaps making these no longer a Japan-exclusive. In any case, the people of Baltimore got it right, because the Sakura is not only one of the most creative Air Force 1s in history, it’s a shoe that some of the most headstrong AF1 collectors are still in search for. More of this classic rests just below, so review the gallery and stay tuned for more Air Force 1 heat from Classics Revisited!

Nike Air Force 1 Low “Sakura Ueno”
Light Bone/Light Bone-Watermelon-White

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Linen” (2001)

June 5th, 2012 by | 13 comments

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Is the Nike Air Force 1 the ‘OG’ of the sneaker game? It was one of Nike’s first re-issues, hitting the 90′s in an eclectic mix of colorways, materials, and Swoosh forms, then exploding in the 21st Century with numerous artist-collaborations, releases, and of course, the Air Force 1 Bespoke. The Air Force 1 aficionado will never be fully satisfied with his collection, because there simply isn’t a complete Air Force 1 Low collection out there (and if there is, please step forward) and there’s just too much to be had, but too little going around. One of the ‘staples’ of any legit Air Force 1 Low bundle is undoubtedly one of the cleanest colorways in the history of sneakers (yes, we’re going that far) – the ‘Linen’ of 2001.

Originally releasing in 2001 as a Japan-exclusive drop, the Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Linen’ impeccably matched upper and Swoosh that not only exemplified the clean attitude of the Air Force 1 Low, but proved that the color pink isn’t a gender-limited design cue. Many, if not all Air Force 1 loyalists, point to the Linen as one of the greatest sneakers of all-time, if not one of the greatest Air Force 1s of all-time – a magnificent honor for a revered sneaker that played a major hand in the sneaker horizon today. In 2007, Nike Sportswear came through with a great Air Force 1 release dubbed the ‘Un-Linen’, as it used the same Linen base with an equally gorgeous University Blue pairing. These ’01s are definitely a Classic, but get ready for another string of Air Force 1 heat coming your way for the rest of the week straight from Classics Revisited!

Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Linen’

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Force 1 Low “Playstation” (2006)

June 4th, 2012 by | 8 comments

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With 2012 being the 30th Anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1, how could we skip out on giving shine to some of the all-time greatest Air Force 1 Lows of all-time via Classics Revisited? Nike Sportswear hasn’t disappointed this year thus far, with a slew of AF1-XXX releases that’ll surely be the focus of ‘revisitations’ a few years from now, but we’ll devote this week to some of the most memorably Forces in history. To kick things off with a bang, we’ll begin with one of the most coveted and tough-to-get Air Force 1s ever created – the Promo/Friends-&-Family ‘Playstation’. These were handed out to select Sony employees in celebration of the much-anticipated release of the third installment of the flagship enterprise known as the Sony Playstation; the shoes were given out throughout the year leading up to the release of the Sony Playstation 3, which hit stores on November 11, 2006 in a historic Holiday-shopping slugfest against the Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360.

The Air Force 1 Low ‘Playstation’ was designed with the console in mind; it featured the shiny piano black patent leather toe with a blue-to-white gradient on the heel. The classic Sony Playstation logo is embroidered on the heel, but what makes each and every pair stand out is the individual numberings. That’s right – each of the 150 pairs created have its own ‘serial number’ of sorts. Each of the pairs were given to hand-selected recipients, but perhaps the most notable of that group is Kobe Bryant – coverboy of the Sony-exclusive “NBA” video game franchise. Of course, the value of the Air Force 1 ‘Playstation’ can’t be concretely determined, but expect to shell out a couple thousands for one of the 150 pairs in existence. More of the Air Force 1 Low ‘Playstation’ below, so take a look and check back tomorrow for another classic Air Force 1 Low spotlight!

Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Playstation’

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