For sneakerheads around the globe, Nike's Air Force 1s need no introduction. Introduced in 1982, the sneaker is classic and dependable so knowing that it is one of the top-selling shoes in the United States to this day shouldn’t come as surprise. But what you might not know is that Nike actually considered canning the silhouette just a few years after its release.
If you’ve spent any time on Instagram in the past few months, you’ve probably noticed the AF1s emerging as a favorite of celebs across the style spectrum. The sneaker has graced the feet of everyone from Drake to Bella, and with more stars jumping on the bandwagon on the daily, the shoe’s rise to stardom shows no signs of slowing down. AF1s come in a range of colors, but it’s the white sneaker (and low top version) that reign supreme — and Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner know this well.
In the last few months, both Kendall and Hailey have rocked their pairs of crisp white AF1s low on more than one occasion. Hailey pairs the sneaker with pretty much everything — proving their versatility with a white-on-white look that’s rounded off by adding the sneaker as a fitting bottom to her oversized button-down and denim shorts.
But coordinating outfits are not Hailey’s only forte when it comes to styling her AF1s. Other times, she does the opposite, showing how the sneaker can contrast an outfit. If you’re going monochromatic black, like Hailey here, try slipping on a pair of white AF1s to round out the look.
As a general note, Kendall also keeps it casual in her AF1s, demonstrating again how the white sneaker-blue jeans combo is a time-tested look (and a great way to know the ‘90s aesthetic right out of the park).
If a darker ensemble is more your style, Kendall’s pairing of the sneakers with black jeans and a gray top again proves the sneaker’s versatility. Contrast can be the key to a knockout look, and white AF1s are a perfect first step!
Fundamentally, what makes the AF1 look so classic? Simply put, it’s just designed that way. Although originally intended as a basketball shoe, the AF1 was quickly embraced by artists and casual wearers looking for a minimalist, stylish, and comfortable shoe. The AF1 fits the bill perfectly, and since then, Nike has worked with a range of artists and designers to keep the silhouette up-to-date while never losing the style that brought it its initial fame.
Easily complementing even the most daring looks, it’s no surprise that this simple sneaker is a go-to option for stars looking to complete a casual ‘fit all year round. If you don’t have a pair of Air Force 1s already in your wardrobe, make sure to grab one today below!
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