Nike is gearing up to release a rare Air Force 1 that’s never been available to the public at retail.
According to an internal brand document viewed by Complex, the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Four Horsemen” is on schedule to release next spring. Not many specifics about the upcoming retro are known, but the pair is expected to feature its signature knight chess piece embroidery at the heel. Based on an image provided, it looks like the colorway releasing could be the white-and-green St. Vincent-St. Mary high school-esque make up, but that has not been confirmed.
The “Four Horsemen” Air Force 1 series was created shortly after Nike signed LeBron James in 2003. The pairs reference his inner circle of business partners—Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, and Randy Mims—who collectively with James are known as the Four Horsemen. Over the years, Nike produced the sneakers in numerous colorways and the pairs featured personalized embroidery with each member’s initials at their heels.
None of the Air Force 1s ever released, although Nike did reference the theme on a 2018 LeBron 15 and a LeBron 16 in 2019.
Recently, Mims shared pairs of the original shoes in his Instagram story that were given to him and Carter by PJ Tucker. Seen below, the pairs show the two’s initials on the heels.
The first-ever Nike Air Force 1 Low “Four Horsemen” retro is currently slotted to release in April 2023, although it’s possible the date could change in the coming months due to supply chain or other unforeseen issues.
UPDATE (01/11): Official images of the “Four Horsemen” Air Force 1 Low have loaded on the backend of Nike’s website. At the time of writing, the sneaker is expected to hit retail in April. Grab a closer look at the forthcoming retro below.