Nike Air Force 1 High Nai Ke
The folks over at HB give us a first look at a classic reworked. It seems Nike is set to release a “Nai Ke”(Nike’s name in Chinese) version of the original 1982 Air Force 1 High this January in their China market. Holding a special place in history the Air Force 1 marked the global crossover of American Basketball and Hip-Hop culture.
For 2015, the original ’80s silhouette of the Air Force 1 has been reworked for Chinese consumers, featuring all-over white premium leather, a white sole and red suede Swoosh, finished off with Nike’s Chinese name embroidered in red on the heel.
This will be definitely be a highly sought after piece here in the states as Air Force 1 fans have already begun hitting up their connects. Good Luck.
History via HB:
Originally released in 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has since become an instantly recognizable and iconic silhouette, and for many, its incorporation of Nike Air technology heralded the beginning of an age in which basketball sneakers would tread the line between performance and cultural relevance. Even more so, the Air Force 1 holds special significance in China, where its arrival following Nike’s entry into the Chinese market in 1980 symbolized the first tendrils of basketball and hip-hop culture taking root into the minds of the youth. With each successive rendition of the Air Force 1 targeted at the Chinese consumer, Nike’s foothold in the Chinese imagination grew until “Nai Ke,” the brand name’s Chinese transliteration, evoked memories of the court, the street and school.