White on White Air Force 1’s History

White” Nike Air Force 1 Low Top in its modern-day form

The iconic all-white Air Force one sneaker symbolizes hip-hop’s never-ending quest to stay fresh. But the backstory behind the shoe is shrouded in mystery.

The original Nike Air Force 1 from 1982 in “White/Neutral Gray,” Image via Nike

Nike’s perfect sneaker in the world of sneakers, a few styles last. The ones that do are the true classics; the trends that graduate to staples. They’re consistently worn by both footwear enthusiasts and the general public.

Another identifying characteristic of an AirForce 1 shoe is a small medallion secured to the bottom of the laces but with holes on both sides so it can be removed by sliding it off the shoelace.

One rare example of such sneakers crossing over into both worlds is the Nike Air Force 1 in its most popular, iconic style: low-cut, all-white.

An original Nike Air Force 1 ad from 1982
Nike Air Force 1s from 1996. Images via Sneaker Files.

White Air Force Connection To Music

One of Nike’s most well-known shoe designs and a contemporary fashion mainstay is the Air Force 1. Rappers and other powerful celebrities all across the world have welcomed Air Force 1, which has helped it gain popularity. Air Force 1 rose to prominence in the music industry’s fashion around the turn of the millennium. The white Air Force 1s were produced specifically for Roc-a-Fella Records, which had the emblem of the record label embroidered on them. Hip-top hop names of the time, including Jay Z, Shyne, Nelly, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, and G-Unit, not only wore the Air Force 1 but also made mention of them in albums.

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