Vary of athletic footwear made by Nike

The Air Power is a variety of athletic footwear made by Nike that started with the Air Power 1[1] and went on to incorporate the Air Power 2, Air Power 3, Air Power STS, Air Power 5, Air Power XXV and Air Power 09. The Air Power 1 was created by designer Bruce Kilgore[2] and was the primary basketball shoe to make use of the Nike Air expertise.[3] The shoe is obtainable in low, mid and high-top.


This model of Air Power 1s are high-tops

The footwear are bought in 5 totally different kinds, low, mid, superlow, excessive and tremendous excessive. The mid comes with a linked strap. The high-top Air Power 1s include a velcro strap; the mid-top strap is secured to the shoe whereas the high-top’s strap is movable and detachable on some variations. Though the shoe is available in totally different colours and shade schemes, the most typical Air Power 1s bought are strong white (additionally known as “white on white”), the second commonest being strong black (“black on black”).[4]

One other figuring out attribute of an Air Power 1 shoe is a small medallion secured to the underside of the laces however with holes on both facet so it may be eliminated by sliding it off the shoe lace. The medallion is engraved with the inscription “AF-1”, with the 12 months “’82” inscribed beside it, and has traditionally been made out of a silver-colored metallic (maybe pewter). Its unique design was extra round, however after a redesign the Air Power 1’s 25th anniversary in 2007 the medallion is now rectangular. (The redesign additionally concerned encasing the inscription in white plastic; that was discarded in favor of the unique medallion materials.)

Historical past[edit]

The Air Power 1 (or AF1 or AF-1) was by no means initially known as the Air Power. Bruce Kilgore designed the shoe. The title is a reference to Air Power One, the airplane that carries the President of the US. Nike Air Power 1s have been initially thought-about the favored shoe of inner-city youth, particularly in Harlem, New York; therefore the nickname “Uptowns”.

The Air Power 1 was produced in 1982 and discontinued in 1984. It was re-released in 1986 with the trendy italic Nike brand with a Swoosh on the underside on the again of the shoe. Little has modified to the Air Power One since its creation in 1982, though the unique stitching on the facet panels is not current in fashionable variations of the shoe. Since then, over 1,700 shade variations have been produced, bringing in an estimated 800 million USD/12 months in income.[1][5] The promoting of the Air Power Ones on-line by sure retailers was prohibited by Nike who had restricted provide of the sneaker.[6] Nike now permits retailers to supply the shoe on the market on-line.

Efficiency use[edit]

As a efficiency shoe, the AF1 continues to be used for avenue play in addition to for skilled play. NBA gamers Jerry Stackhouse (who now wears Adidas) and Rasheed Wallace have worn AF1s on courtroom.

In music[edit]

St Louis Rapper Nelly and his group, St. Lunatics, collaborated on a 2002 single entitled “Air Power Ones” concerning the footwear. The shoe can also be a spotlight of the 2007 single “Basic (Higher Than I’ve Ever Been)”, a collaboration between Kanye West, Nas, Rakim and KRS-One, that was produced by DJ Premier

Aftermarket gross sales[edit]

The Air Power One has change into a favourite of sneaker collectors, also known as sneakerheads. Sure uncommon kinds can command a number of instances their retail worth.[7]


Nike has vigorously defended the Air Power 1 in U.S. courts. In a single case, it sued an alleged infringer of its trademark within the Air Power 1, who responded by submitting a counterclaim to invalidate the Air Power 1 trademark. A number of months later, apparently fearful that the defendant’s counterclaim might succeed, Nike dismissed all its claims with prejudice and gave the defendant a “Covenant Not To Sue”. The difficulty that went up on attraction was whether or not Nike’s techniques had thereby rendered the complete dispute moot (that means there was not an energetic case or controversy), in order that the U.S. federal courts had been disadvantaged of jurisdiction to listen to the defendant’s counterclaim. On January 9, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court docket unanimously dominated in Nike’s favor.[8]

Later variations[edit]

Off-White collaborated with Nike to provide this model

The Air Power 2 shoe launched in 1987 is a more moderen variation of the unique. The shoe is a typical flat-soled, casual-wear sneaker that may be made in many alternative variations of colours. Additionally, Air Power 2s have been re-released internationally within the early 2000s. They are often made in both the low-cut or high-top model.

The shoe will be customized made in any shade, however usually it has both a white or black primarily based background with virtually any shade used to fill within the Nike Swoosh and again heel.

The Air Power Three launched in 1988 was the most well-liked model of Air Power sequence. It was worn by many basketball gamers on the time.[citation needed] The Air Power III was extra rugged trying and extra sturdy than the earlier two variations. The unique colorway was white/medium gray/black, nonetheless a number of different colours have been launched shortly after. An precise “Air FORCE” brand was launched on this mannequin as properly, with a picture of half of a basketball on the tongue. This brand can be used on the remainder of the Air Power sequence. The Air Power III was re-issued in 2006 in a really restricted version of colorways of the excessive high, and several other colorways for the low high model.

The Air Power STS (often known as Air Power four or Air Power IV) was launched in 1989. It could be a reference to the Area Transportation System, the official title for the Area Shuttle. It was repeatedly worn by David Robinson in his rookie 12 months. The Air Power STS options Nike’s elephant print and can also be barely increased than the primary three variations of the Air Power sequence.

The Air Power 5 was launched in 1990. The Air Power V was the primary mannequin to make the airbag seen on the facet heels of the shoe. The most well-liked colorway was white/medium gray/black/orange. Identical to the earlier model it was barely increased than the primary three variations. This was additionally the final unique Air Power mannequin to be made.

Retro variations[edit]

A pair of “white-on-white” retro low-top Air Power 1s

In 2007, for the 25th anniversary of the unique Air Power 1, Nike created the Air Power XXV, which took inspiration from the unique Air Power 1 invented in 1982. This model featured a mismatched set of medallions to commemorate its twenty fifth anniversary; one being from the unique Air Power 1s with the opposite from the Air Power 25s. Since its introduction, many alternative Air Power 1 have been signed or impressed by celebrities and athletes.

Additionally in 2007, to additional commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Air Power One, two high-end makes of the shoe have been launched. They have been hand-crafted in Italy, one from crocodile leather-based and the opposite from anaconda leather-based, and each have been adorned with gold-tipped laces. They have been bought in extraordinarily restricted portions and had a listing worth of $2000, making them a few of the most costly sneakers ever to enter {the marketplace}.[9][10]

In 2009, Nike created Air Power 09, an replace of the unique shoe. The shoe is available in a strong black or white.

In 2010, Nike commissioned DJ Clark Kent to design a Nike Air Power 1 Low pack of particular restricted version Air Power 1 footwear.

In 2017, Nike partnered with Don C, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Errolson Hugh, Travis Scott and Virgil Abloh for the 35th anniversary of the shoe.[11]

In movie and tv[edit]

From 2008-2014, Jax Teller (performed by Charlie Hunnam) wears his trademark white-on-white retro low-top Air Power 1s all through Sons of Anarchy, till they’re discarded within the closing episode of the sequence.

In 2016, Quicksilver (performed by actor Evan Peters) makes use of a customized silver-colored Air Power 1 within the film X-Males: Apocalypse.


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