Year released: 2004

The Air Force 1 and Roc-a-Fella Records defined the early 2000s, and the connection between the era's sound and the shoes worn was made real with a handful of sought-after, never sold collaborations. There were white-on-whites given to friends and family with the Roc-A-Fella logo on them in 2004, a rare Blueprint 2 edition with an icey sole, and 2005’s 40/40 club promos. These special editions to coincide with the release of Jay-Z's retirement LP were particularly desirable. Shawn Carter's retirement would be as short lived as Jordan's exit from the NBA, but the simplicity of the shoe and subtle use of logos summed up an era. It’s worth noting that this use of black and white was, bar some mild changes to the liner and highlighted AIR, a UK JD Sports exclusive a year prior to its promo status. We should also give a shout to Fat Joe’s pink Terror Squad makeups, plus the USDA and Shady editions, too. But not the white Nellyvilles, because they felt like a wasted opportunity.