When you look back in time Nike had many defining years, but 1982 and 1985 were special. First the Air Force 1 saw the light of day, designed by Bruce Kilgore for the game of basketball this shoe became much more than just a sneaker for the court, it became a statement on the streets. The first basketball shoe to house Nike Air came as a high and low model, using mesh and leather materials, was inspired by the Cathedral of Notre Dame (high) and the American presidential airplane “Air Force One” (low). It further brought another man into the picture, Tinker Hatfield who used to be an architect for Nike became a footwear tester for the Air Force 1, the rest is Nike history.
In 1985 the Air Jordan 1, Michael Jordan`s first signature shoe was released and reinforced Nikes status in basketball footwear. Peter Moore, the man behind the design of the shoe, the wings and ball logo created the classic silhouette inspiring a whole generation of sneakers to come. As time went by, both models were used for collaborations and hybrids but what Nike did now is something new. Nike asked 14 women from several Nike departments to rethink these two classic silhouettes, bringing together expertise from footwear design, coloring and material all in one room. The task: create five new designs for each iconic model in two weeks just for women.
This back-to-front construction defines the new high-top Air Force 1 REBEL XX, flipping all components to the back, where a corset-like lacing construction brings a new aesthetic to the iconic sneaker, all round off by big stiches and a mix of soft and nubuck Off White leather on the upper.