Year released: 2005

This absurdly rare Ueno Air Force 1 was one of the rarest Japanese exclusives to date. Those raised on the Linen AF1 definitely didn't fear a watermelon-colored outsole, while the lasered Sakura flowers on the premium leather upper were elegantly disruptive. Getting a pair was nearly impossible, whether you were in Tokyo or not (that Ueno district embroidery returned for the hard to obtain Air Max 95 Prototype at Mita several years later). Images of a sample pair at Mita did the rounds, then the release came and went with rumors of just 500 pairs made. An equally covetable custom wooden box set the standard for packaging to follow too, while shots of Swooshless, one-piece samples have done the message board rounds. On the Mita topic, their 2004 multi-texture AF1 makeover is another masterpiece.