The fashion crowd loves sneakers for a bunch of surprisingly practical reasons. They’re low-maintenance, comfortable to walk in, and — unless they’re by Virgil Abloh or Yeezy — are relatively cheap and easy to acquire. Vans and Adidas have become big hits during previous fashion months, but this time around, the new “fashion sneaker” on the horizon is the Air Force 1.
Air Force 1s have an extensive history within hip-hop culture: remember when Nelly dedicated a whole single to them? But in the notoriously insular fashion world, where attention spans are short, they’ve just started trending again. It’s probably fair to attribute a good portion of this momentum to Nike’s recent attempts to rebrand the style, like Virgil Abloh’s Off/White collaboration or the all-female designed Nike 1 re-editions, which were released in January.
A note on styling: stick with looser and more billowy silhouettes to make them work. Think wide leg trousers or an easy T-shirt dress. Of course, you can dress them up, but the thicker sole and shape look best against more relaxed tailoring.
Whether you’re just getting into the Air Force 1 now or looking for a fresh pair, scroll down for the best ones to shop now.
The Buzzed-About Collaboration
The Goth Take on the Trend
The Sporty Ones
The Blingy Ones
The Summer Sneaker
For the Hypebeast
The Big-Name Designer Collab
These are the latest design from Ricardo Tisci and Nike’s long-standing partnership. They were also recently spotted on Bella Hadid, so expect them to sell out fast.
If You Love Hi-Tops
The Sustainable Option
When You’re Sick of Neutrals
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