Nowadays, the Air Force 1 is as iconic as a Nike sneaker gets. It wasn’t always like this: The basketball-inspired silhouette made its debut in 1982, and just two short years later, the Swoosh was already considering discontinuing the model. (You can thank the city of Baltimore for keeping the Air Force 1 from an early grave.) Thanks to an explosion of new colorways and collaborations in the 1990s, the sneaker took off, becoming one of streetwear’s most loved silhouettes. Now, Supreme is teaming up with Nike on what is sure to be one of the brand’s most sought-after collabs of the season.
This isn’t the first time the iconic New York label has reimagined the Air Force 1, either—nor will it be the last. Supreme has been dropping rarified versions of the sneaker since as far back as 2012. The brand’s “World Famous” AF1 High from 2014 still fetches up to $1,000 on the aftermarket, and the 2017 AF1 Low collaboration with Comme des Garçons is deeply coveted by sneakerheads and fashion fanatics alike. This time around, Supreme keeps things extremely simple by merely adding the brand’s coveted box logo at the side heel and throughout the sneaker. Not to mention the heavily Supreme-branded laces it comes with, too. While an inch-long logo might seem like a minor detail (and it is is!), this is the Supreme box logo we are talking about. It’s one of the few logos that has the power to turn any product from ordinary to hype-worthy, and this clean-looking Air Force 1 is no exception.
There is a reason that streetwear brands and fashion designers keep selecting the silhouette for collaborations. The beauty of the Air Force 1 is its simplicity. It has just enough stitched lines and well-placed perforations to keep from being boring. To many, the essential white and black pairs are as good as it gets. Supreme is betting that, once again, it can make “as good as it gets” even better.
Available February 20th at some Supreme stores, and February 27th online.