With its 35th anniversary fast approaching, the Nike Air Force 1 is old enough to have been on the feet of fathers, sons, and grandchildren, but somehow it seems to have retained its relevancy (it's also making a big presence at ComplexCon). Jeans got slimmer, the throwbacks were retired, but Bruce Kilgore’s design isn’t going anywhere. Whether you’re down enough to remember the coveted regional rollouts of the 1980s, a golden era of low key and wild makeups of the 1990s, or the onslaught of the 2000s, you probably have a favorite. Keeping up with the AF1 in the 21st century has been tough, given the thousands of post-millennial colorways (not even including the swathes of Bespokes and NIKEiD editions) that have appeared on shelves worldwide.
This is a tribute to the 21st century incarnations of this icon that started as a list of 35 (which included 112s, Also Known As, Kobe Denims, ACRONYMs, 3M All Star Hyperstrikes, Acorns, Chocolates, Obsidian Cones, Taiwans, Vapors, Mitas, JD Sport Skylines, Blueprints, and Finish Your Breakfasts) and was (after much soul searching) whittled down to the 21 that follow.