Sneaker News 2013 Year End Rewind: Day 4

December 19, 2013 BY / 9

Coming off the sprawling XXX Anniversary collection in 2012, there was bound to be a drop-off in Air Force 1 offering’s, but the classic model’s 31st year produced plenty of new flavors to appease the demand. The Air Force 1 once again led Nike Sportswear in total releases with a huge number of colorways across the High, Mid and Low silhouettes, not to mention the addition of Lunar soles and Hyperfused uppers into the mix. There were no shortage of variations available with the AF1 Downtown further establishing itself after debuting late last year, the return of the Duck Boot, and even word of a LunarLon-cushioned wedge sneaker version to come.

2013 produced a ton of different colorways, packs and themes on the Air Force 1. There were plenty of attractive general releases, notable Quickstrikes and  limited editions, and even a few collaborative designs. NSW used a few turn of the century Air Force 1 Lows as inspiration for Dunk Highs this year, and offered a similar turn with the Uptown channeling Nike’s first basketball shoe in a sizeable set of Blazer inspired color-ups. There was a tribute to the NBA’s most notorious AF1 repper while some 1990s basketball stars saw their signatures mashed up with the iconic silhouette toward the end to extend the AF1’s limitless potential into the coming year.

Nike Sportswear kicked off the Year of the Snake with a black Air Force 1 Foamposite followed by two more pairs that saw the Chinese Zodiac theme applied to the AF1 Low and High as well.

Following last December’s trio, geographic themes continued to play a key role in 2013 Lunar Force 1s. There was another “City Pack” of lows in April followed by two Highs and a Low in September.

Paying tribute to Nike’s first basketball shoe, the first one with Air cushioning donned classic suede colorways with white Swooshes. Blazer inspired AF1 Low, Mid and High releases totaled in the double digits and brought a crispy clean look across the board.

Puerto Rico editions of the Air Force 1 are nothing new. We’ve seen various versions pop up in 2006, 2007, and 2010, but the latest installment proved to be by far the most ornate addition to the ongoing series.

If it wasn’t for shops in Baltimore begging Nike for restocks and new colors of the Air Force 1 back in the early ’80s, the sneaker game as we know it may have never existed. Nike paid tribute to the city’s efforts with a Lunar/Force two-pack of Highs.

Among the city-inspired Lunar Force 1s was this Shanghai edition celebrating the pioneering store ACU and featuring a gradient midsole contrasted by intricate patterns throughout the upper.

After retiring from the NBA, Air Force 1 High loyalist Rasheed Wallace was honored with two Lunar Force 1 Highs and a special event at 21 Mercer. A few months later, NSW hooked him up with two more AF1 Highs that stamped his fadeaway silhouette in the most visible way yet.

fragment design knocked out a couple of black croc Forces with the choice of Lunar or classic soles. After an initial drop in Shanghai, 21 Mercer ended up releasing the Lunar edition, leaving many AF1 fanatics scrambling for these worthy successors to the 2004 HTM originator.

Air Force 1 updates and hybrids are numerous, but these two took it up a notch with significant alterations. Gary Payton’s AF1 SIG added the zipper shroud from his first signature while Penny Hardaway’s stuck to the molded foam and jewel Swoosh from his.

The Air Force 1 played a key role in this year’s Nike N7 capsule, teaming up with Northwestern wool wizards Pendleton for a three-pronged assault. This patterned-up greyscale AF1 High was followed by Pendleton x NIKEiD options for the Air Force 1 Low.

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