February 7, 2009 BY Sneaker News
It hasn’t been since the late 90’s that Nike has used pebbled basketball leather on an AF1. For Clark to pull out two colors in that sick material is Mr. AF1 himself in rare form. I should have expected nothing less as he has been on a roll since becoming a major part of Nike’s attention to the AF1 and the direction of the brand. Clark used nothing but the best here. As if the smell of factory LN2 materials and glues marinating in the Nike box for a few deadstocked months before being cracked open doesn’t give the exclusivity of this shoe away, the feel of the leather does volumes to get this point across.
Supple black butter soft leather adorns the toebox, frontal, eyestay and tongue alongside varsity maize contrast stitching. Radiant orange and purple from the SUNS color scheme tie the sneaker together perfectly at the side panel and heel with that luscious pebbled basketball leather Nike has abandoned for years. A double layered swoosh brings us back to the days of truly sick premiums like the Easters of ’05. And to top it all off, Clark mates a black rubber midsole to a translucent gum outsole. Let’s not forget the nod to Starks laces effort in the mix, as these sick AF1’s are paired every so perfectly with matching Starks Laces.
For those of you smart enough to bug the same spots that received the 112 Pack and the Black Friday AF1’s rewards certainly abound you as you no doubt have your pair on hold or even better, already have them in your closet. These gems are set to release tomorrow with distribution being very limited. Rumor has it that less than 300 pair were allocated to the NorthEast. So if you haven’t locked down a pair you better get to working the phones and email as these will surely be gone in a blink of an eye as with every other All Star AF1 release. No word yet on exactly when the Tier 0 release will be landing, but stay tuned as we will surely have word once they appear. Look for these today at select Nike retailers, our friends at GourmetKickz has a few, and as a last resort try ebay.
Color: Black/Black-Varsity Maize
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