Source: Nike

Artwork by: Ed Piskor

Designed by Bruce Kilgore along with Nike's first employee, Jeff Johnson a shoe named after the US president's plane, Air Force 1 was released in 1982. The Nike Air Force 1 was the first of the cupsole basketball shoes, and also the first Nike Air basketball sneaker after the technology was debuted in a running shoe in 1979. The shoe was wear tested by several athletes* in Exeter, Nike’s original research lab and when they gave out samples, people actually refused to give them back with how good they were. To add to the list of firsts the groundbreaking silhouette achieved over the years, it’s the first ever sneaker to be re-issued as a retro after discontinuing the line in 1984.

Without Baltimore, the Nike Air Force 1 might have faded out of existence. In 1984, two years after its launch, Nike wasn’t planning to continue production of the Air Force 1, but thanks to Baltimore’s love of the shoe, the AF-1 continued to be made. To honor the city, Nike has partnered with local retailer Downtown Locker Room and Maryland community organization, Jubilee Arts, on a Baltimore youth arts program that launches in October over the course of three sessions for both elementary and high school students.

Also in line with the celebration of the iconic Air Force 1’s 35th anniversary, new Air Force 1 silhouettes will drop every Friday of the season for #AirForce1Fridays starting October 6.

Make sure to drop by the Titan X Nike Pop-Up Space in Titan Fort and stay tuned to @titan_22 on Instagram as we celebrate 35 years of Force.