Along with the bold Air Force 1 Low “Volt Pink” concept that emerged recently, artists have revealed another refreshed look for the Air Force 1 Low Drew League that dropped just a year ago in 2020 and paid homage to the pro-am event. Presenting, the Air Force 1 Low Barely Rose.
The Air Force 1 is perhaps the most play-around with silhouette among Nike’s expansive portfolio of sneakers. Its clean and elegant design allows artists to experiment with them to their heart’s content. That’s also likely due to them being a fashion staple in modern times.
Released in 1982 by Bruce Kilgore, the AF1 featured a revolutionary design that would inspire other iconic sneakers such as the Nike Dunk Low and the Air Jordan 1. Both of which would go on to dominate the basketball sneaker niche.
This concept takes after Nike’s beloved “Barely Rose” colorway that was recently implemented on the Air Jordan 1 Mid.
Starting off with the upper, crisp white leather covers the majority of these shoes, appearing on the perforated toe boxes, scuff-guards, eye stays, and rear panels.
Although these sneakers carry the moniker “Barely Pink”, it’s used relatively sparingly on the entire upper. Showing up on the leather side Swooshes, throats that are wrapped in traditional white laces, and tongues that feature “Drew League” and “Air Force 1” branding.
This branding takes a nod at the annual Drew League basketball game that’s frequently attended by professional athletes and amateurs alike. Founded by Alvin Wills in 1973, the Drew League was created to offer help to the South Central Los Angeles community.
This branding also appears on the rear quarters in a black graffiti-like text. Meanwhile, the side panels feature a pastel hue known as “Sail”, a colour tone that’s being used more frequently on Nike sneakers in recent times. This colour tone is also seemingly present on this Air Force 1’s heel tabs.
Elevating the shoes are traditional white midsoles with embossed “Air” branding. Finally, Barely Pink outsoles with a traditional pattern that’s renowned for its excellent traction finishes off the design.
Overall, these sneakers are highly reminiscent of the Air Force 1 Low “Pink Foam” that dropped back in 2020. If these kicks are more your style, I recommend checking out the Pink Foam as well.
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