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The name Air Force 1 is undoubtedly a shout to the aircraft which carries the President of the United States, and this works well considering it both suggests the greatness of the trainer and ties in with the introduction of the Nike 'Air' technology incorporated into this, and many sequential, trainers! I will finish this introduction by arguing that trainers are a testament to Nike's designing ability, especially considering they've been in vogue considerably since 1982, and often copied by such trainers as the Dunks and Air Jordan 1s.
I've owned a few pairs of these trainers throughout my life, and they all seemed to last me a great while, and two out of the three times I had to stop wearing them was because of the fact that I had out-grown them! They are very durable, and this is evident - from my own experience - because I would wear these trainers daily, involving myself in many activities such as basketball, tennis and football, which would all be strenuous on the trainers.
They are built for both comfort and speed, meaning they are both comfortable - due to the generous thick sole, the cushioning of the trainer, and the somewhat, arguable, ankle support - and allow you move freely, due to them not being too heavy. The sole is really durable compared to other trainers I've owned - i.e. Vans where the heel unfortunately wears down into a slant - and the grip, even when the grooves are gone, performs well. This is considerable especially considering I would be playing on a loose gravelly court-ball surface in which would mean less grip, even with brand new trainers. The only thing I'd suggest is grabbing a pair of hi-top 1s because otherwise you always run the risk of having minimal ankle support, whereas the his will always keep you protected!
The material of these trainers is very forgiving and mine survived the wash many times, without so much as the stitching playing up, which I wish I could say was true of many of the other (basketball) trainers I owned!
The different designs of these trainers, in terms of colourways, are numerous, and the colourways only add to the collectivity and uniqueness of such a trainer! For instance the great range of colourway effectively means that you're able to own a pair of trainers the same as someone else, but they would be distinctly different - and as a teenager this was very important to myself! Especially when in today's society you have everyone all wearing the same colour Vans. The reverence for such design is evident in celebrity culture, for instance Nelly performs a song about them (see below), so if you're fashionable it's undoubtedly a great call!
Nelly - Air Force Ones ft. Kyjuan, Ali, Murphy Lee
Overall, these trainers are great, they're classic - constantly in vogue -, comfortable and durable. They are a great shout, especially for those who want to get into basketball, but I'd argue that you should get the hi-top versions!
The nike air force one was created in 1982 and it carries the name of the American president aircraft, just like the plane this shoe is legendary.
This shoe was the first shoe to have Nike's Air Technology inside of it.
These Nike trainers was designed as basketball trainers but a lot of people who have worn these have not even stepped on to a basketcourt before which underlines its popularity.
The trainers was even subject of a song by US rap star Nelly resulting in an upturn in sales earlier in the 2000s. The song was called "Air force ones" and the music video was set in a shop full with the mentioned trainer.
These shoes can be found in most fashion and sport shops in the UK such as JD Sports, Foot Locker and Schuh.
This shoes can be found in a high top with a velcro strap which you can tighten the shoe as desired these are shoes are somewhat harder to come by. These are usually more expensive as well than the low cut pair of air force 1s.
They are many variations on the colour of these trainers such as there has been Louis Vuitton, Fendi and transparent material. There are said to be 100s of different colours.
I have owned 30 pairs of these trainers so I have some advice to keep them looking fresher for longer
(This advice is for a typical pair of white low top air force ones)
If they get dirty wipe them off as soon as possible because it is easier to clean them
Keep the cardboard arches that come with the box
Dont drive with them one if you dont have to because they crease the front of it
The trainers usually come up a little big so make you can try on the trainers before you buy them as they look rather ungainly if you get them in a large size
These trainers cost from £59.99 upwards
This shoes are great but they dont last quite long so that why I wont give them a 5 star.
"So I can get to stompin in my air force ones" so does the chorus go in notorious Nelly's 'Air Force Ones' song. Air Force Ones, also written as AF1s, are one of the most popular and success Nike classics to date. And it's quite astonishing to see the number of different types and versions you can get with this shoes! Even customisation isn't rare for these babies.
In retail shops they will cost around £50-£70. I paid my all whites for a hefty price of £70 in Foot Locker. You can obtain them for much cheaper on ebay.
In terms of comfort, they do very well, though of course, if this has to be said; not as comfy as Nike Tn Airs, or Air Max, or even Shox, and Adidas Bounce or A3s. I know some do not like those mentioned, as they're 'too spongy' but for me, they were more comfortable than AF1s. However, as a casual pair of shoes, AF1s are perfect, for looks and comfort.
Famous now along the lines of rap/hip-hop fashion, AF1s are a must. Often uttered in rap songs, by The Game and Nelly, it is THE shoes. They go well with jeans, and tracks, and you can always match them with different colour styles available for AF1s. It is my goal to collect several of these in different colours!
They are very durable, and will last a long time. I have not played sport with them, but I'm sure they will do their job.
The Air Force 1 is a shoe created initially for use in basketball from Nike. It is now their most successful type of trainer and is now used for casual use as well as for sport, especially basketball.
This trainer was the pioneering product to encorporate Nike Air technology into the shoes, something still used in the trainers to this day. This technology made it perfect for use in basketball as gas was placed in the soles to cushion the feet when landing from high jumps, something which will happen a lot in basketball. It cushioning ability made it popular in the basketball community.
The fact that the shoe was liked so much by this community allowed it to be a part of Hip Hop culture, as a favourite to many who will have a history closely associated with basketball.
The shoe was launched in 1982, 25 years old, and this anniversary was celebrated by the company, by releasing the AF25 (Air Force 25). Also there was a party, to which a group of Hip Hip artists collaborated to bring a song about the 'classic' shoe. It was called "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" and Kanye, Rakim, KRS-One and Nas all put some in some input to create a song that wasn't directly about the shoe, but did reference it.
Another example of Hip Hop stars showing their love for the shoes, we have the song "Air Force Ones" by Nelly and the St. Lunatics about the shoes that they grew up wearing.
The shoe is still available to this day, and probably won't go away from the Hip Hop community or the basketballers, because it is very simplistic is perfect in how it has be made. The shoe hasn't change much in all these days either, the only change has been the removal of side stitching.
There are currently over 1,700 colour variations to this shoe. By far the most popular is the plainest variety of it, the white-on-whites, they are the freshest style of the trainer so its not a surprise to find this out. The colours don't have any limits to them, because its now possible to request customized types of them yourself if you know a good supplier of the shoes.
There have been many imitations to these original shoes by Bathing fter creation from the original design (that was designed by by Ape, with the "Bape Sta", which are now the most sought-after copied version of the Air Force 1. Bape is a brand that Pharrell Williams endorses, so this is where the popularity has come from. Bape stores notoriously charge high prices for their products, these shoes aren't found for under £50, just as regular Air Force 1s.
Other popular brands like Adidas and Reebok have taken the basic design and adapted it slightly with their name on it, the unoriginality of the design annoys me, but I must say that I do wear Bape Stas, Phat Farm and JB Classics, which also have taken a lot of influence from the Air Force 1s.
As I said before, you can buy these shoes in many different varieties of colours and the three main style the shoes are avaliable in are the high-tops, mid-tops and low-tops. For casual use, I don't really mind which type to wear, but when it comes to playing basketball, the hi-tops are the best in my opinion, its just the extra support that they provide around the ankle, unlike the others.
Personally, I think that the Air Force 1s are the best basketball shoe, nothing can compete with them, the only disadvange to them is the price, but they are definately worth it.