Here's an A-List Look at What Makes the Air Force 1 So Iconic


This year marks the 35th anniversary of Nike's Air Force 1, which made its debut in 1982 and quickly rocketed to its place at the very top of the street sneaker heap. To celebrate the occasion, the Swoosh threw a party in Los Angeles along with guys like designer Don C and retired NBA star Rasheed Wallace—plus about 300 of the coolest, rarest AF1s on the planet. 

The guys were there to talk about everything from what makes the sneaker so iconic to their own designs. (Don C contributed to the recent AF-100 project honoring the classic white-on-white colorway; Wallace had droves of his own player-exclusive models over the years.) Contributing editor Billy Dec was on hand to see what they had to say—and get an exclusive look at Esquire's very own one-of-a-kind Air Force 1s.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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Jonathan Evans
Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. You can follow him at @MrJonathanEvans on Twitter and Instagram.
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