Is there a more iconic or timeless silhouette than the Air Force 1?! With a heritage dating back to 1982 it remains one of the oldest creps still in production.
Surprisingly, it didn't enjoy the sellout success you'd expect when it was originally unveiled. Despite being the first basketball shoe to boast Nike Air technology, it never quite caught on with sneakerheads and was discontinued after only one year on the market.
Thankfully, following a re-release in 1986, the Air Force 1 finally enjoyed the credit it deserved. The rest is history as the silhouette transitioned from the courts to the streets. The following colourways are considered amongst the most sought-after ever launched.
Nike Air Force 1 'The Black Album'
Consider 'The Black Album' an era-defining shoe, releasing in the early noughties as a celebration of Jay Zs retirement LP. Synchronicity between hip-hop and the Air Force 1 paved the way for countless limited-editions. This Roc-a-Fella Records release never did make it to market which only adds to the exclusivity factor.
CLOT x Nike Air Force 1
The popular retailer which dominates across Southeast Asia joined Nike for this limited-edition release. As with the recent CLOT x Vapormax, a bold shade of red covers the upper with oriental style patterning throughout.
Nike Air Force 1 'Houston All Star Astros'
Launching as part of a wider collection to celebrate the Houston All Star Astros, this AF1 never actually launched. Instead, it was given to VIPs at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, TX.
Nike Air Force 1 'West Indies'
Celebrating the colourful heritage and rich culture of the West Indies, this AF1 opts for a Rasta inspired theme. A chunky metallic lace tag was included and perforated green mesh added comfort to the inner lining.
Nike Air Force 1 Birds Nest
Arguably, the most unusual Olympic inspired colourway arrived as a homage to the Birds Nest stadium in Beijing. The caging across the sidewall closely imitates that of the stadium walls, and whilst it wasnt representing any team colours, this AF1 will be remembered for years to come.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 High 'World Famous'
Just like the recent Air Force 2 by Supreme, this collection puts emphasis on the 'WORLD FAMOUS' insignia. The three colourways were unveiled in 2014, each sporting iconic '94 branding to the heel. These were an instant sellout back in the day, so you can you only imagine the appeal with today's hype beast if these were to release again.
Nike Air Force 1 x DJ Clark Kent Black Friday
Americans biggest shopping extravaganza was immortalised in this 2008 release. If it wasnt that metallic silver upper causing controversy, the sections of pony fur got everyone talking. Unfortunately for the UK sneakerhead, these were only available across select US cities.
Nike Air Force 1 Vac Tech White
Forget leather and suede, what could be more innovative than the synthetic moulded upper from vac technology?! The icy outsole compliments this futuristic masterpiece which opts for a totally clean and refined upper.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 Camo
Military inspired makes for one of the most in-demand resell Air Force 1s of the last decade. Supreme branding is subtly placed across the sidewall. It's a shoe just as rugged as it looks thanks to the hard-wearing and water proof nylon.
Nike Air Force 1 High Rose Garden
Another exclusive for one of basketballs greats, the Rose Garden was a homage to Rasheed Wallace and the stadium where he scored countless dunks for The Blazers. An embroidered rose sits across the heel and patent leather takes striking form throughout.
Nike Air Force 1 White On Whites
Strictly for summer wear only unless you had a death wish these Triple Whites came to emphasise just how appealing the AF1 range is to sneakerheads. Despite the complete lack of colour and gimmicks, this shoe never seems to go out of fashion.
Nike Air Force 1 Goldenrod
This attention-grabbing colourway was first unveiled in 1998 and quickly became a hall-of-famer thanks to that crystal swoosh, not to mention the head-turning colourway. Some say youll damage your eyes if you look directly at the upper!
Mita x Nike Air Force 1
Mita should of won awards for their interpretation which includes ostrich-leather panels alongside suede for what was instantly recognised as an all-time great. Dual branding stamped to the heel and inner sole-bed finished off this 2004 collaboration.
Nike Air Force 1 'Playstation'
Alledgedly, there was only 150 pairs of this bizarre mash-up ever released. As a homage to the 10th anniversary of the Playstation 2, Sony re-released the collab in 2009 but sizes were even more limited. As a result, this unique fusion of gaming and footwear will set you back over £2000 on the resell market!
Nike Air Force 1 'Easter'
Forget chocolate eggs, this is the ultimate Easter treat. The colourway was replicated in 2017 but it didn't quite live up to the colourful original. Easter Egg branding hits the tongue.
Nike Air Force 1 'Waterproof'
The Flax colourway got even more desirable back in 2004 thanks to this water-proof upgrade. The invisible layer covering that soft suede literally repels water droplets.
Nike Air Force 1 'Mark Smith Laser Cashmere'
Limited to only 200 pairs, this release was the perfect showcase of innovative design methods. The man that brought us some of Nike's top basketball shoes, utilised the power of laser engraving for a look which retains the classic shape of the AF1 whilst delivering unbelievable detailing.
LIVESTRONG x Mr Cartoon x Nike Air Force 1
LA based street artist Mr Cartoon showcased some of his best work on this LIVESTRONG exclusive. Intricate detailing features throughout, along with a fade-away Swoosh and signature LIVESTRONG colours.
Nike Air Force 1 Caramel Chocolate
This colourway looks almost tasty enough to eat. Rich suede and soft nylon adds some decadence with a contrasting white Swoosh to balance that dark upper. Caramel is represented on the lower half in the form of a sticky, gum outsole.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Ivory Snakeskin
Sneakerheads never tire of snakeskin crafted detailing. This Air Force 1 will be remembered as one of the most impressive to feature that material. Its not quite as over-the-top as some styles but remains understated thanks to the clean white upper.
Nike Air Force 1 'Mushroom Navy'
Launched in 1998, this pair didn't stick around for long. The mushroom coloured patent leather gets a nice contrast in the form of a navy Swoosh across the sidewall.
Nike Air Force 1 'Orca'
The colours of a killer whale are utilised for this simplistic colour block release. Vince Carter was gifted a reversed style in 2005 but this original pair remains the most sought-after.
Nike Air Force 1 High Metallic Gold
Even the midsole gets doused in the full Midas treatment to compliment the shiny monochromatic upper. This tonal colourway never did release in wide quantities which is probably a good thing, because not everyone could rock this luxurious crep.
Nike Air Force 1 Logos Pack
A modern-day homage to the early 90s arrived in 2017 with three colourways to choose from. With bold branding covering the upper from heel to toe, this release wasnt for the fainthearted.
Bobbito Garcia x Nike Air Force 1
Launching as part of a 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary collection, this pack contains three colourways, all featuring a unique basketball motif across the heel. Pastel shades feature across perforated mesh as well as a mixture of leather, suede and canvas.
Nike Air Force 1 'Cork'
One of the more unusual material choices arrived in the form of this cork crafted AF1. The upper was surprisingly lightweight not to mention durable. Hits of volt across the outsole and midfoot strap really brings this silhouette to life.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Carolina Blue
Baby blue coloured suede first appeared to the AF1 in 1998. Lighter hits of white feature to a Swoosh across the sidewall as well as the tongue and heel branding.
Nike Air Force 1 Wieden + Kennedy
With an all edged 50 colourways ever made, this remains one of the most limited AF1s. What did you expect from Wieden & Kennedy? Pony hair features in a subtle cream shade to match the crisp, white overlays.
Nike Air Force 1 Red White
Only a year after the debut release, this Red White colourway appeared on the scene. Countless imitations have released over the years but its this OG model which continues to sky-rocket across resell platforms.
COMME des GARCONS x Supreme x Nike Air Force 1
You surely didn't expect anything ordinary from such a hyped collaboration? The 'Eye' motif prints adds an eerie yet high fashion look to a clean white Air Force 1. These remain one of the most sought-after creps from the first quarter of 2017.
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'Puerto Rico'
The first colourway to celebrate Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC featured an embroidered flag across the heel and unique stitched detailing.
Nike Air Force 1 High 20<sup>th</sup> Anniversary
The 2002 anniversary collection opted for old-school simplicity over bold graphics and colourways. Taking it right back to the 80s, this vintage style is clean and unassuming but the subtle addition of a stitched anniversary logo sets it apart as an exclusive.
Nike Air Force 1 'Midnight Navy Suede'
Suede never fails to impress on the AF1 and this is no exception for the 2008 'Midnight Navy' release. A metallic silver Swoosh sits across the sidewall and the addition of canvas adds some rugged appeal.
Nike Air Force 1 'Black History Month 2012'
African-american heritage is celebrated with a colourful print across the laces, inner lining and tongue. The same vibrant pattern appears underneath the icy gum outsole.
Nike Air Force 1 'Year of the Rabbit'
A translucent sole conjours images of Chinese candy while the hairy Swoosh references the fur of a rabbit. The chinese symbol across the tongue is one last nod to the New Year celebrations.
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'Brooklyn 5 Borough' Pack
New York sits at the epicentre of Air Force 1 culture, so it would only make sense to pay homage with a special-edition pack. Dj Clark Kent teamed up with Nike back in 2010 for this celebration of the five boroughs complete with varsity jacket inspired style cues.
Nike Air Force 1 Energy Rush
Japan Exclusives were amongst the most sought-after releases during 2001 to 2002. The Energy Rush AF1 may just take the biscuit thanks to the walnut coloured inner lining and Swoosh. A Japanese symbol is printed across the tongue.
Nike Air Force 1 Acorn
As the name would suggest, this release was a must-cop during the spring season of 2002. Linen material covers across much of the upper in a colour scheme perfectly suited for the warmer months.
AWC* x Nike Air Force 1
A-COLD-WALL* founder Samuel Ross opts for a deconstructed vibe which is so on-trend for 2017. This arrived in limited quantities via an AWC* pop up in London. A removable Swoosh and rugged suede upper sets this apart as a high-fashion exclusive.
Special Field Nike Air Force 1
Nike designer Ben Kirschner brought a military inspired vibe with unique detailing throughout. This black colourway was one of the earliest to release complete with a zip across the heel and two, chunky ankle straps.
LIVESTRONG x Undefeated x Nike Air Force 1 Low 'OnYourBikeKid'
Signature LIVESTRONG colours feature across wave-weave material, an ultra flexible alternative to leather long before the days of Flyknit. 'OnYourBikeKid' is stamped across the midsole.
HUF x Nike Air Force 1 'Hufquake'
Street-wear label HUF began out of a small outlet in San Francisco. Paying homage to their roots, this design was inspired by a massive earthquake in 1906 which rocked the bay. Plenty of future designs utilised this same colour scheme including an Air Max 1.
Nike Air Force 1 High "Sheed Houston 2006";
A homage to the 2006 All Star competition, Rasheed Wallace was only seen rocking these off the courts. You can hardly blame him given the lifestyle appeal. Ostrich and patent leather panels featured in grey, white and red.
Mister Cartoon x Nike Air Force 1
The shoe's release was confined to Mexico and L.A with a friends and family size run that saw only a handful ever given away. It's a celebration of famed tattoo artist Mister Cartoon. Some of his legendary sketches were laser engraved onto the soft leather.
ACRONYM x NikeLab Air Force 1 Downtown
There was plenty of critiscm when ACRONYM co-founder Errolson Hugh unveiled this high-top silhouette complete with that signature techwear inspired look. But despite the haters, this shoe is known for pushing boundaries and changing the landscape of the street-wear scene for the better.
Nike Air Force 1 High Carolina
The high-top model was just as sought-after as the low version with that same baby-blue suede upper. Only a small size run was issued when these launched in 1995.
Nike Air Force 1 'Obsidian Cone'
One of the first releases to harness the ultra-lightweight comfort of mesh combined with the refinement from leather panels. Nike never looked back as this material combo became the staple for countless designs.
Nike Air Force 1 Year of the Dog
Another 'Chinese New Year' exclusive, this time featuring a fury heel panel which pays homage to man's best friend. If that doesn't grab attention then the funky pattern and colour scheme is sure to do it.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Escape
Two colourways were unveiled as part of the 'Escape' Pack; blue which were exclusive to Asia and this brown/black release for the US. The perforated sidewall and unique colour blocking theme made these an instant hit with sneakerheads.
Nike Air Force 1 'HTM'
Three great minds come together for this inspired creation - Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker. A subtle number is stamped to the snakeskin leather at the rear, just in case you had any doubt as to the limited size run!
Nike Air Force 1 UENO
The UENO district of Tokyo oozes with heritage. Paying homage to the Cherry Blossoms and temples, Nike unveiled one of the rarest Japan Exclusives ever launched.
Nike Air Force 1 'Courir'
Parisian based retailer Courir provided the inspiration for this 2002 colourway. Keeping it strictly fashionable and understated, this was a design without gimmicks. All emphasis is placed on that premium leather upper.
VLONE x Nike Air Force 1
This 2017 release is now considered one of the most controversial AF1 colourways thanks to the recent scandal involving VLONE founder A$AP Bari. Nike may have publicly cut all ties with the NYC brand but that hasn't stopped resell prices from rising well over £1k.
Nike Air Force 1 Entourage
Inspired by the hit US sitcom, you just know that Turtle would love to rock these creps. The inscriptions across the rear as well as a patent shiny Swoosh makes for an eye-catching release.
Nike Air Force 1 Lux 'Crocodile'
Elegant doesn't come close to describing these crocodile-leather crafted Air Force 1s. They looks especially regal in a rich shade of brown and each pair is finished off with a gold embellished tag.
Nike Air Force 1 Blueprint
2001 was still early days for the internet which would explain this homage to the latest technological craze which was about to sweep the globe. Only those in the know got a chance to buy this canvas crafted release in a full navy colourway.
Nike Air Force 1 'Supreme Max Air'
The visible Air Unit is the first thing you'll notice on this colourway. A bright neon outsole accentuates that iconic technology with the same shade hitting the laces. The gloss covered midsole is another bizarre style cue which somehow works perfectly.
Undefeated x Nike Air Force 1
A purple colourway released alongside this brown pair in 2002. The wave weave upper pulls inspiration from Shemagh fabric found on Arab headdresses and scarfs. After the inevitible sellout, these went onto to resell for more than quadruple their retail price.
Nike Air Force 1 Safari
Nike's original Safari print resurfaced in 2008 with all details staying true to the original. This pair was pleasantly low-key in a mix of greys, black and subtle hits of orange.
Nike Air Force 1 Linen
First launched as a Japan exclusive back in 2001, sneakerheads had another chance to cop in 2016. The minor hits of pink really pop against that beige coloured leather.
KRINK x Nike 1World Air Force 1
Graffiti artist KRINK unleashes his signature paint drip style across a metallic coated upper. These can only be fully appreciated when seen at night. A full 3M reflective upper brings the shoe to life, also featuring to the midsole underfoot.
Nike Air Force 1 x DJ Clark Kent 'Knicks'
DJ Clark Kent opts for a New York Knicks colourway for a pack known as the 'East Vs West'. It was one of the more hyped releases in 2009.
Nike Air Force 1 'Shady Records'
Another 'FRIENDS & FAMILY' exclusive, this time gifted to the 'Rap God' Eminem. The mono color scheme is low-key and versatile, finished off with 'Shady Records' embroidered across the heel.
Nike Air Force 1 Jewel
That glistening embellishment across the sidewall makes this a truly unique colourway. A re-release in 2017 stayed true to the original design with soft crafted leather and tonal shades.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Wash Pack
Joining an Air Max 1 and Air Max 90, this Nike Pack featured a tumble-dry pattern across premium suede. It was a European exclusive made even more attractive thanks to the bold hits of red.
Nike Air Force 1 'Chamber of Fear'
This release celebrated a 2004 ad campaign for the Zoom Lebron II with martial arts as the inspiration. Five other colourways released alongside with each one just as difficult to cop as the last.
Nike Air Force 1 'Zinc'
It's not easy to make a metallic coated pair of creps look understated which is why this AF1 is still remembered. The look is both unassuming and stylish thanks to the complimenting white and black leather.
Nike Air Force 1 Lemon Twist
There's something so refreshing about this colourway. Maybe, it's the bright shade of yellow to the Swoosh and outsole. Midnight navy manages to balance the look nicely.
Nike Air Force 1 'Anaconda Masterpiece'
Releasing back in 2007 as part of the impressive 25th anniversary pack, only those with big pockets could afford this release. A price tag of £1069+ made it the trainer of choice amongst rap stars and drug dealers.
Nike Air Force 1 Low NYC
Nike take a step back to the old school for this re-creation of a classic colourway. It released in 2016 but appears more like an early 90s model. An outlined Swoosh along with NYC branding across the rear makes this an instant collectors item. Unfortunately, these were only sold as a KITH exclusive at KITH Brooklyn.
Nike Air Force 1 'Vibe'
The 2003 Vibe awards were host to some of the best talent of the day from Outkast to R.Kelly and G.Unit. Nike immortalised the event with a colour scheme inspired by Treach and Snoop covers from September 1993s issue #1.
Nike Air Force 1 High Flax
An annual treasure which Nike continues to unveil for the Winter season. Both the high and low top version are big sellers which isn't surprising given the seasonal appeal. Those with a matching gum sole often perform the best.
Nike Air Force 1 'LA'
The New York AF1 was followed closely by this style which pays homage to the City of Angels. Hits of vibrant orange contrast against a premium leather upper for a look which is both striking yet refined.
Nike Air 'Crazy' Force 1 by Michael Lau
Toy designer Michael Lau brought his 'crazy' style for a one-of-a-kind release. Each pair came with a specially crafted shoe box and drawing.
Nike Air Force 1 XXX Camo
Several unique features were added to this 30th anniversary AF1. A somewhat visible Air Unit sits underfoot and a vac tech upper promises the best in durability. Coupled with the camo print and this urban military sneaker is complete.
Nike Air Force 1 Taiwan
Patent shiny leather, a jewel Swoosh which transitions in colour and a clear coloured sole - what's not to love about the Taiwan AF1?! Launched back in 2001, you can thank this colourway for starting the patent leather trend.
Nike Air Force 1 Low 1World 'Gore-Texer'
Nitro Microphone Underground's artist, Gore-Texer unveiled this digi-camo creation complete with a visible Air Unit in the heel. The 3M reflective upper is only fully visible when heading out at night.
Stash x Nike Air Force 1 High
NYC based STASH opts for a graffiti style upper against this canvas crafted exclusive. Despite the under-hyped release in 2003 this is still remembered as one of the all time greats.
Nike Air Force 1 'NYC Gold Dust'
It's not just the dazzling colourway which makes this European release so unusual. Corduroy material features across the toe box as well as the sidewall.
Nike Air Force 1 '3M Snake'
These are seriously cold…blooded. That reptilian theme is done to perfection with the addition of 3M reflective hits which light up like the scaly skin of a snake. Launched back in 2003 and still grabbing attention to this day.
Nike Air Force 1 Made in Italy Lux
The smell of Italian crafted leather sets this release in a league of its own. Other exceptional details included a set of rope laces complete with metal eyelets as well as walnut coloured inner lining and outsole. Each pair came with a metal lace-lock shaped like the Italian flag.
Nike Air Force 1 Hi 'Sheed'
Basketball star Rasheed Wallace enjoyed his own line of Nike shoes right up until his retirement in 2013. This patent edition is made completely unique with a Jumpman logo across the heel.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Dark Mushroom
The otherwise monochromatic colourway is contrasted by a black mesh tongue and outsole underfoot. This winter release was hugely popular which isn't surprising given the versatile look.
DJ Clark Kent x Nike Air Force 1 112 Pack
The first sneaker pack to get designed by a DJ went down a storm with sneakerheads. Even the SB Dunks and Air Max 1s were quick to sellout.
Stash x Nike Air Force 1 Friends & Family
The famed graffiti artist unveiled this Friends & Family exclusive which showcased a melee of blue tones. A tribal graffiti print sits across the heel and Stash finishes this rare masterpiece with his signature across the front of the shoe.
Nike Air Force 1 Flyknit Blue Lagoon
Without the Flyknit upper, this Blue Lagoon colourway wouldnt be possible. Its the individual strands of fabric which enables a fusion of several different colours. The result is both mesmerising and extremely comfortable. This is was one of the first colourways to arrive for the contemporary take on the classic.
Nike Air Force 1 'Carnival Pack'
A revival of the 2003 silhouette arrived in 2017 which payed homage to the Notting Hill Carnival. Classic colours of Brazil come together for a party inspired silhouette which celebrates the vibrancy found on the streets of London during this annual event.
Atmos x Nike Air Force 1
Tokyo and Harlem based ATMOS added Georgetown colours for a duo collection which saw the theme reversed on a Dunk silhouette. Both are still considered amongst the top collabs from Atmos.
Nike Air Force 1 Black On Blacks
The love for monochromatic footwear can be traced back to the first Triple Black AF1. It set a trend which is still in full-force today! Nothing but simplicity and premium leather across this tonal release.
Nike Air Force 1 Low 'Closing Ceremonies'
Celebrating the end of the Olympics, held in Beijing in 2008, this dazzling creation features oriental patterning throughout. In keeping with tradition which states that the number '8' is lucky, this pair was limited to 888 pairs and released on 08/08/08.
Nike Air Force 1 'Hong Kong'
Another city exclusive with bags of timeless appeal, the Hong Kong AF1 is a collectors must-have. As you'd expect, these are rare to come across even for those willing to pay big.
KAWS x Nike Air Force 1
Did these even release? KAWS founder Brian Donnelly worked his magic on the Air Force 1 back in 2008 and the result is just as impressive as you'd expect. Neon hits the outsole as well as the laces and heel branding. Stitched detailing as well as KAWS iconic XX sets this apart in a league of its own.
Nike Air Force 1 High White Grey
What appears like an old beat-up crep is actually the beginning of the vast Air Force 1 legacy. This colourway started it all back in 1982. Although, it wasnt hugely popular when it first arrived, sneakerheads took to the shoe following a re-release several years later.
Off-White x Nike Air Force 1
Another Air Force 1 which is yet to release meaning you could potentially own one of the most coveted styles of all time. Arriving as part of "The Ten"; by Off-White and Nike, this collaboration needs little introduction. Hype is real for Virgil Abloh's deconstructed design, so don't expect an easy cop when these launch this November.