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Air Force 1 ‘Safari’ Nike by You: A Closer Look


Previously NIKE ID… ‘Nike by You‘ allows customers to get creative with their favorite silhouettes, in this instance its us trying to create an Air Force 1 ‘Safari’. There has been all sorts of crazy designs put out there in the past. An example of a great one was the Levi’s Air Max 90’s. The classic Levi’s denim was a custom option for the air max 90’s, already an awesome looking shoe on its own, adding the de-stressed denim made them pop way beyond what anyone would have hopped for.

This time it was the Air Force 1’s turn for that custom treatment, only this time paying homage to some very special and much loved Air Max 1 colourways. Nike decided to allow sneaker heads to replicate if they wanted to, the Atmos x Nike safaris’s and elephants on an Air Force 1. When the idea was first thrown around, it seemed like it could have been a bit of a flop, turns out we were quite wrong. Once you got on the Nike by You page and started playing with the colours and materials it became ever so clear it was a fantastic idea. With both colourways being timeless classics, there is something almost nostalgic about adapting it to another silhouette, especially for people who weren’t lucky enough to cop the originals back in the day or just weren’t in the game then.


When it came to deciding whether to go for the ‘Safari’ or ‘Elephant’ look, it had to be the ‘safari’ mostly because it just looks better on the Air Force 1 in our opinion. The real deal breaker and reason for not going down the ‘Elephant’ path was the fact that Nike wasn’t allowing customers to use an elephant print material for the mud guard like on the original shoe. People just had to run with the safari print and do their best with it, as lovely as they still look upon creating them, they still don’t look as legit as we would like.

Once we received our chosen re imagined Air Force 1 we were pleasantly surprised they were even better than we thought. Sure they looked great on screen but in hand, game changer. The quality of the shoe is top draw although as to be expected when your paying the premium. Fingers crossed, in future we can re imagine a few more of the classic colourways from other silhouettes onto an Air Force 1 or any one of the several timeless models Nike have to offer.

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