The Air Force 1 is as New York as a Nike shoe gets. The silhouette inspired basketball made its debut in 1982 and eventually became a beloved favorite in the Big Apple. (The city of Baltimore has love for the AF1, too.) But in the mid 1980s, the Air Force 1 sneaker facto was seen in the streets of New York. In fact, the high-top version of the shoe even gained its own specific city nickname is the “Uptown”. At that time, sneakerheads should take the subway line in Manhattan upper and Queens, where the sneakers were sold.
Nowadays, you can buy the style almost everywhere, but the nickname stuck. Some four decades later, the shoe is seen everywhere in the city in Harlem and SoHo in almost all other cities in the world. And every year, the Swoosh publishes a colored version of the style wheat. It is a tribute to another pair of New York also kicks: classic boot Timberland 6 inches.
The Air Force 1 negotiates his usual white or black color to an all-wheat (or “linen”) colorway with a brown gum sole. The striking resemblance with the most famous style Timberland color is no accident. are replaced with heavy duty rope laces and top eyelet is bordered by a rivet metallic silver laces standard dishes of the athletic shoe. (Again, another direct sign these classic Timbs.) There are black indices along the tongue and insole, and great Swoosh on the tonal rest midfoot with autumnal brown look.
The sneaker whole wheat color is not for everyone. This is the point: it is a special tribute to New York, a city that has long considered Timbs and Air Force 1s twins shoes essential pillars. Recently, the Swoosh has released this exact sneaker (or a variant of it) around this time of year, when the floor is cold and crispy leaves fell covers city parks. It has become an annual tradition of sorts, that sneaker fans and New Yorkers both seem to love in equal measure. And if there’s one thing New Yorkers know, it’s sneakers.