I honestly hated the Nike Special Forces Air Force 1 when I first saw it. I vehemently hate sneakerboots, and I instantly dismissed this shoe as the same mashup nonsense that brands push year after year. But I have to admit, I was wrong. The SF-AF1 debuted at ComplexCon in an all-white colorway, and it was a certified success. Nike then released the shoe in “Olive/Gum” and “Black/Gum” versions, and they’ve both been a hit. It’s a super-high edition of the Air Force 1, but it works. It’s even been referred to as a “swaggier version” of the original shoe. What’s best about the SF-AF1, though, is that it’s a new design that’s getting love in 2016. It’s also one of the first Nike sneakers from the brand’s newest designer, Ben Kirschner, who previously worked with Jordan Brand and designed the Jordan Future as well as contributing on collaborations with the likes of Supreme and Just Don. He’s got his hands on the pulse of what sneaker consumers want in this day and age, and this is just the first taste of what he’s offered to the public. Matt Welty