Nike Air Tailwind
At the beginning of the 1980s, Nike was mainly known for its running shoes. The Nike Air Tailwind was the first shoe ever to boast the Nike Air Technology and thus played a major role in creating the legend Nike. Not long afterwards, the brand’s designers set themselves the goal of launching a basketball shoe featuring the new cushioning system. Needing to put an appropriate name to their idea of a premium performance product, they drew inspiration from none other than the president of the United States and named the sneaker “Air Force 1” after his aircraft. The new basketball silhouette designed by Bruce Kilgore in 1982 provided unrivalled support thanks to the optionally removable ankle strap and allowed maximum freedom of movement with the pivot point incorporated in the outsole. Compared to other basketball shoes of the time, the Nike Air Force 1 provided 30 percent better cushioning. The AF 1 is also renowned for being the first sneaker to be re-issued by Nike. Since the relaunch in 1986, over 2000 colorways have been released, giving us a multitude of Air Force 1 Low, Mid, and High-top styles to choose from today. The sneaker has been continually upgraded with new technologies over the years and is now available, for example, as a winter-ready Duckboot with Lunar sole or as a lightweight summer sneaker in the Flyknit version with Air Force Ultra sole. The Air Force 1 is one of the signature shoes of the hip-hop and graffiti scene, which has led to countless collaborations with artists such as Stash, Kaws, Mr. Cartoon, Bobbito Garcia, DJ Clark Kent, and many more. Nevertheless, the cleanest version of the sneaker, the All-White Air Force 1, enjoys the greatest fan base and is revered as an absolute all-time classic by sneaker fans.