The Air Force 1 athletic shoe, released in 1982, is a product of Nike, Inc. The Air Force 1, created by designer Bruce Kilgore, was the first Nike basketball shoe to use the Nike Air technology. The selling of the Air Force Ones online by certain retailers is prohibited by Nike who has restricted supply of the sneaker. Little has changed to the Air Force One since its creation in 1982, although the original stitching on the side panels is no longer present in modern versions of the shoe. The name is a reference to Air Force One, the plane that carries the President of the United States. The shoes are sold in three different types: the low, the mid-top, and the high-top and come in many different colors, forms, textures, and patterns. The two most widely seen forms of the Air Force 1’s are the all white and, all black pairs. The Mid-Top Air Force 1 is a variation of the shoe and comes with a non-removable strap and a higher top.
The Air Force 1 was produced in 1982 and discontinued the following year. It was re-released in 1986 with the modern italic Nike logo with a swoosh on the bottom on the back of the shoe. Since then, over 1,700 color variations have been produced, bringing in an estimated 800 million USD/yr in revenue. The Air Force 2 shoe introduced in 1987 is a newer variation of the original Air Force 1 that was produced in 1982. The shoe is a typical flat soled, casual-wear sneaker that can be made in many different variations of colors. Also, Air Force 2s were re-released nationally in the early 2000’s. They can be made in either the low-cut or high-top style. The shoe can be custom made in any color, but typically it has either a white or black based background color with almost any color used to fill in the Nike Swoosh and back heel.