Nike Air Force 1 High Retro QS "Color of the Month" Pack

Six colorways in six months, a pack from the ’80s returns.

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With the new year creeping up on us, Nike‘s got big plans ahead for its iconic Air Force 1. The sportswear manufacturer is set to unveil a string of new releases with the “Color of the Month” pack, celebrating the classic model in six classic colorways. Originally unveiled in 1982, the Bruce Kilgore-designed basketball shoe features a leather upper with the signature ankle strap, a PU midsole with Air-Sole unit, a large Swoosh logo on the side, and a rubber outsole.

Originally released in the ’80s, the ”Color of the Month” series was spearheaded by Paul Blinken, formerly of Cinderella Shoes, and Harold Rudo, formerly of Charley Rudo Sports, in cooperation with other Baltimore retailer Downtown Locker Room. Blinken and Rudo first pitched the idea to Nike headquarters back in ‘83, urging for the original shoe to be honored with new and exclusive colorways in the Baltimore area. After its initial success, the program took off in ‘84 with a new colorway dropping each month, also thrusting the “Three Amigos” (Blinken, Rudo and DTLR) to the top of the footwear retail business at the time. Nike’s revival of the initiative will be seeing a retro colorway drop each month for the next six months, in chronological order of historical releases.

Check out the release dates above within the gallery, and to read more about the story behind Blinken and Rudo’s conception of “Color of the Month,” head over to Sole Collector.

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