When it comes to footwear, very few brands can compare to the agility and impeccable performance of Nike. All their sneaker collections employ superior quality, comfort, and prestige. One particular model that stands out from the rest is the Nike Air Force 1. First released in 1982, Nike Air Force 1 sneakers braced the world in all sorts of styles and designs, with some even incorporating authentic crocodile leather. Today, Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are just as popular as they were in the 90s, so much so that enthusiasts queue in line for hours to get their hands on the latest releases. But every great thing comes at a price. The most desired Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are rare and awfully costly.
Here is a review of our picks for the top five Nike Air Force 1’s of all time.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Courir”
The Nike Air Force 1 Low “Courir” is one of the rarest black Nike shoes available in the market, and also one of the finest. Crafted from pure leather, this sneaker guarantees quality and durability, and it will stay in top-shape with the right care. The design is simple: the upper body features a white Nike Swoosh and the “Nike Air” label at the back. The sole, on the other hand, is white with a grey bottom, and the brand name “Air” is inscribed on the heel. The Nike Air Force 1 Low “Courir” was released in 2002 and goes for about $150.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Stash Friends and Family”
At a glance, it is difficult not to fall in love with the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Stash Friends and Family” sneaker. The colors are simple and a switch from Nike’s vast collection of white sneakers. These sneakers were released in 2006 and came in a combination of light-blue, dark-blue, black, and beige. The streaks of beige in the upper front body blend in well with the light-blue and feature a cool ‘Stash’ signature inscribed in style. The sneaker is also comfortable to wear, thanks to the plush sole and fluffy inside. It blends perfectly with jeans, khaki, and even shorts, and is consequently one of the most popular Nike Air Force 1. Good luck finding a Nike Air Force 1 Low “Stash Friends and Family” sneaker today, but if you do, a good one may set you back anywhere between $400 and $600.
Nike Air Force 1 “Linen”
This is one of the most popular Nike Air Force 1 sneakers, and public demand has forced Nike to release a new model of the sneaker this year. However, old is gold, and the focus will be on the 2001 release. The Nike Air Force 1 Linen released in 2001 came in a combination of pink, light-tan, and white. The upper body featured a luxurious light-tan colored leather that guaranteed good looks and durability. Like most other Nike Air Force 1’s, the sole is thick and white, and the ‘AIR’ brand features prominently in pink on the heel. The bottom of the sole is serrated for good traction, and its pink color complements the ‘AIR’ branding and the pink Nike symbol on the upper body. It is not clear how many alterations Nike will make in its 2016 release of this sneaker, but as always, there are high expectations among Nike enthusiasts. Prices for the Nike Air Force 1 Linen vary widely as the shoe is in a limited supply, but they can go as low as $150 and as high as $500 on sites such as eBay.
Nike Air Force 1 Low 1 World “Clot”
The Nike Air Force 1 Low 1 World “Clot” is unique not only among Nike Air Force 1 sneakers but also among all Nike shoes ever made. Everything about the shoe is outstanding, from its bright color to its general construction.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low 1 World “Clot” features a Chinese silk material and leather that look compact yet feels soft to the touch. The material is shiny red in color, and features light patterns inscribed using laser technology. Complementing the red color is a black Nike Swoosh running on the side and black laces (however, there are other colors to choose from for the laces). Coupled with the white sole, the sneaker is simple and elegant at the same time.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low 1 World “Clot” also stands out from the rest because of the air bubble fitted in the heel. It borrows from Nike Air Max’s air technology to offer utmost comfort, but still retains the unique appeal of the Nike Air Force line of sneakers. The air cushion, coupled with the durable leather and plush interior, guarantees quality and comfort. This sneaker is valued just as much as it is coveted, and it is difficult to come across a new one in the open market. However, the average price for the Nike Air Force 1 Low 1 World “Clot” is $1,500.
Nike Air Force 1 Low “Mr. Cartoon LA Hyperstrike”
Designed by Mark “Cartoon” Machado himself (popularly known as Mr. Cartoon), the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Mr. Cartoon LA Hyperstrike” is all about quality and good looks. This sneaker is designed to bring out the hype in your step while paying homage to the city of Los Angeles. The graffiti inscribed on the back end of the upper body does that in style. This sneaker comes in a cool blend of black, grey, and golden-brown brush strokes in pinstripe-style. The most notable feature, however, is the spider web graffiti included in the upper body; the spider web comes in a blend of grey and navy and seems to reflect some light in the dark. The Air brand features prominently on the heel and the back, and Nike’s Swoosh symbol is classically placed on the side. In addition to the good looks, comfort and quality are guaranteed as is the case with every Nike sneaker worth its name. As one of the most sought-after Nike sneakers of all times, the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Mr. Cartoon LA Hyperstrike” is not easy to find. However, if you do find one, then you should be prepared to dig deep into your pocket as it can go for as much as $2,000.