Arguably one of Nike's most recognizable silhouettes worldwide, the Nike Air Force 1 debuted in 1982 as a high-top basketball sneaker with Nike Air technology and a first-of-its-kind circular outsole. Despite its reputation today as one of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes, the sneaker was slated to be discontinued just two years after its original release. Three local Baltimore retailers—dubbed "The Three Amigos”—were credited with reviving the model’s popularity with an initiative called "Color of the Month Club”, a series of custom colorways of the Air Force 1 sold and promoted organically at three local storefronts. The initiative was a massive success across the east coast and reignited the iconic design's popularity for decades to come.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Air Force 1, Baltimore's visionary shopkeepers, and the global communities that have earned the shoe cult-like status, Nike and Kith have revived the “Color of the Month” series with two exclusive colorways of the Nike Air Force 1—Royal Blue and University Red. This latest model draws from the sneaker’s original construction and design details with a full-grain premium leather upper and signature “NIKE AIR” embroidered heel tabs. Each purchase celebrates the Air Force 1’s past, present, and future legacy, arriving in a classic orange Nike box with 40th Anniversary packaging papers and a custom “Since 1982” toothbrush for cleaning.