Year released: 2003
What do you remember about the 2003 Vibe Awards? There were really good G-Unit and Outkast performances and R Kelly performed dressed like an R&B Zorro, but it was all about the shoes. Nike created some classic AF1s for the event (incidentally, in a Vibe magazine feature on the event, 2 Chainz, then performing as Tity Boi of Disturbing Tha Peace, was super-excited with his pair). The colorway was inspired by colors used on the Treach and Snoop covers from September 1993’s issue #1, to commemorate a decade of the publication’s run, while that logo embroidery legitimized it. In subsequent years, there were BET Award editions, and Clark Kent designed a special 25th birthday Video Music Box version of the Air Force 1 in 2008. But the Vibe editions set a standard. What’s less documented is a mysterious MTV pair of highs reputedly worn by Yo! MTV Raps’ Doctor Dre (not THAT Dr. Dre) in the 1990s that were made from patent leather, with a pioneering double swoosh and a seemingly Vandal-themed makeup that might have been one of the first ever collaborations on the shoe (unless we just imagined them).