As a follow up on ACRONYM’s Lunar Force 1, the German technical brand led by Canadian designer Errolson Hugh once again takes on the Air Force 1, arriving in the form of the high-top Air Force 1 Downtown. Tactical details run throughout, including a milspec strap closure, and militaristic branding, while quality leather lofts up the design. Three total colorways were made available as part of a limited NikeLab release.Jordan Brand’s run of remastered 1s continued with the “Royal” colorway, as a follow-up to well-received drops like “Bred” and “Shattered Backboard” versions from late 2016. While many Jordan heads agree that OG Chicago colorways are among the most timeless Jumpman releases, the “Royal” 1s still remain entrenched in the upper echelons of Jordan folklore, despite never being worn by Michael Jordan during a regulation basketball game.
Nike’s Air Max 1 first released in 1987, famously revolutionizing the sneaker industry and inaugurating one of the most influential sneaker series ever. The “30th Anniversary” model is a faithful recreation of the original model that was created by designer Tinker Hatfield, taking inspiration from the Center Georges-Pompidou in Paris. Hardcore Air Max fans will also notice the toe box is shaped more similarly to the original version than previous retro releases. In 2017, the famous sneaker was brought back for Air Max Day in March.Also coinciding with Air Max Day 2017, the atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Elephant” deserves an honorable mention.
Another example of the fruitful relationship between COMME des GARÇONS and Nike, this runway-ready version of the Vapormax featured a sock-like fit and branded tape along the forefoot in place of a lace closure. Two versions were teased in all-black and ice blue, to complement mainline versions of the sneaker which Nike is calling an Air Revolution.After a considerable hiatus from shelves, the Air Max 97 returned recently, first as a limited Italian-only release in late December 2016, then as a wider drop in April 2017. Designed by Nike’s Christian Tressler, the iconic, streamlined silhouette first landed in an OG silver color scheme, followed swiftly by a gold version. While the silhouette was ahead of it’s time when it originally released in 1997, the shape and colorway has managed to retain a furutistic look even 20 years later.