KITH and Nike Sportswear have reunited for a NYC-centric Air Force 1. Following in the footsteps of July’s CO.JP-inspired Air Force 1 “Tokyo” that released exclusively in Japan to celebrate the opening of KITH’s Tokyo flagship, this new Force is a detailed celebration of the Ronnie Fieg-helmed brand/retail outpost’s home city.
As the Air Force 1 is a shoe with exceptionally rich roots in the Big Apple, Fieg and KITH have pulled both colors and details from familiar Force makeups. Uppers are constructed of crisp white leather and embellished with a bright orange Swoosh that fades toward the heel on the lateral side for a potential homage to the Air Force 1 “Taiwan.” Medial sides supply a blue Swoosh to lock in the New York Knicks-esque color palette.
More special detail is served by an embroidered “NYC” hit on each lateral heel piece, similar to an AF1 released in 2016 to commemorate the opening of Nike’s new SoHo flagship — though here, the “NYC” text is done up in black instead of blue. Hybrid Nike branding appears on tongues and heels alike, collars are extra-thick in OG Force style and white midsoles/icy blue translucent outsoles round off the look.
An official release date for the KITH x Nike Air Force 1 “NYC” has yet to be announced, but an arrival this fall is likely.
For more collaborative Force news, check out on-foot photos of Stüssy’s AF1 “Black” and “Fossil Stone” collabs.