Over the past few years, a revamped version of the Nike Air Force 2 Low has remained a constant in the Nike SB lineup. After emerging in various makeups, the modified silhouette has surfaced in a familiar tone evocative of Gucci‘s signature red-and-green color scheme.
Originally brought to market back in 1986 as a basketball shoe that was worn by the likes of Charles Barkley, the Air Force 2 has lived many lives in its three decades-plus on the market since then. This marks another chapter in an ever-expanding line of compelling makeups: in years past, the AF2 has been as part of Nike SB’s “East vs West” pack and even received a Supreme collaboration, making it one of the more interesting under-the-radar silhouettes from the Swoosh Brand’s skate subdivision.
These low-top skate sneakers feature a black upper that’s constructed of leather and suede, equipped with a large heel clip for both classic styling and functional support. On top of this stark base sits the aforementioned Gucci accents: sultry red on the Swoosh, eyestays and heel branding; rich forest green on the laces and ridged plastic piece at the midfoot.
A gold Nike SB hit on the tongue’s woven label adds a small touch of regal color into the mix, complemented by a neutral white midsole with heel-loaded Zoom Air in the sockliner. A tri-color outsole finalizes the look.
Now available at European Nike web pages in select countries, these AF2 Lows retail for $95 USD. A stateside release may follow in the coming weeks.