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The Nike Air Force 1 Utility and NBA Pack Are For Your Christmas Wish List

The new holiday styles continue the evolution of the immortal sneaker.
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What is constant is that nothing remains constant—and that is a good thing. While staying within the lines is a warm and fuzzy idea, it can also make you obsolete, especially in the world we live in now, where every day is marked with upheaval.

Take the Air Force 1, probably the most iconic sneaker, not just in the stable of the Swoosh, but in the world of sportswear and streetwear. The basketball sneaker was introduced in 1982 as a high-top in white and gray, making the OG-iest of OG sneakers 36 years old today.

Since its inception, it has been tweaked and updated—always just enough to bring it closer to the idea of perfection for any particular moment or place or shoehead. (The most ideal incarnation for many is, of course, the white-on-white low-top version.)

What began as a shoe for the hardcourt became the shoe of choice of the streets and later on, the go-to sneaker of hip-hop stars and the throwback shape that fashion designers want to play with. Its latest evolution is a nod to the communities that have shaped it. Just in time for Christmas wish lists, there are two main styles to choose from:  

The Air Force 1 Utility Is Audacious And Hard-Wearing 

The Air Force 1 Utility does away with traditional laces in favor of a midfoot strap, the Fidlock magnetic buckle. IMAGE: Nike

An exaggerated pull tab and an extended tongue make the sneaker even easier to put on. IMAGE: Nike

The NBA Pack Recalls The AF1s Basketball Origins 

Kids these days forget that the AF1 is a basketball sneaker. The team color schemes and jersey-like trims are reminders. IMAGE: Nike

The color shifting material used on the Swoosh and back tab (the AF1 logo shifts to the NBA logo) is also of note. IMAGE: Nike

Whatever you choose, the point of the AF1 is that you can use it as you like, whether as a lifestyle shoe for flexing or an athletic sneaker for sweaty pursuits.

You can even employ the AF1 as a gift for, say, your sneaker-loving lady. This one looks good:

IMAGE: Nike

The Nike Air Force 1 Utility (P7,195) will be available at Sole Academy and Titan starting November 1 and the Nike NBA Pack  (P4,995) is available at Nike Park.

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