After previewing Black History Month edition’s of the Air Jordan 3 and the Nike Zoom Kobe VI, we now have a look at the Air Force 1’s Nike Sportswear developed for this year’s celebration. The detail heavy sneaker, which features a black and gold colorway with a woodblock cut print throughout the upper by Hale Woodruff, a famous African American artist for the 70’s, honors the achievements of Julius Irving, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. It’s these three men who changed the game of basketball as we know it, with each one paving the way for the other and forcing them to strive for a whole new level of greatness.
Complete details about the design and their inspiration follows in the press release below.
This year’s Black History Month Nike Air Force 1 celebrates the achievements and pioneering spirit of three important basketball players: Julius Irving, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant. There was a call to greatness for all three players, a moment in time that defined their careers, and changed the course of history for the sport of Basketball. For Dr. J, it was unifying the ABA and NBA with his finesse and high flying style. For Jordan, it was the ’87 Slam Dunk title, the one that made kids all over draw chalk lines to jump from in their backyards. When Kobe scored 81 points in ‘06, it made you question what planet he was from. Each player laid the foundation for the next to elevate the game even further.
The predominantly black upper of this Black History Month AF1 is a nod to the past, because in the early days of the sport of basketball, shoes on the court were almost always black. The hints of gold all around the shoe are reminders of the golden moment we all are striving to achieve. You’ll also find a woodblock cut print around the upper by artist Hele Woodruff, adding another chapter to the pioneer story.
With a premium Stetson leather upper, metal eyelets and accessories, gold stitching, and a clear tinted outsole, you’ll see this isn’t just your average AF1. This is a sneaker that celebrates a powerful pioneering spirit. Via: NSW
There’s been no mention of a release at this time, but once we hear more and see more we’ll let you know.