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Unboxing: Nike AF1-TYPE “Black”

A large number of prototypes are stored in the Nike archives department and no matter for Nike fans or for many average players, each of shoes deserves trying. As is known, those shoes of Nike archives department are all highly appreciated with their  iconic and stylish flair. What is more, they bridge the gap, fashion-wise, between the old generations and the current craze. And now, the Nike archives department has another usage; that is it is used as the start of N.354 series and for inspiring new  models with collectibles and continually explore to break the boundaries of footwear design.

The N.354 series is not only a series, but it also represents the past, present and future of NIKE, encouraging people to unswervingly support original originality. Here is the Air Force 1 Type “Summit White” of N.354 series. But we’ve also brought another brand-new colorway, the Nike AF1-Type “Black”.

The shoe mainly features black and the materials used in the upper fully shows its attractions.

At the side, the swoosh Logo is omitted this time and the outside of the toe is wrapped with a thermosetting material, with gray stickers and decorated with the handwritten N.354 .

The inside is deconstructed to present a silhouetted Swoosh Logo design concept that is quite unique.

The insole uses eye-catching red with white text on it, which is designed on the base of the 2001 Air Mowabb prototype.

At the heel, it is integrated with the strap design, which very novel and presents the aesthetics of the structure.

Overall:

As for the shoe’s performance, it remains some more testing because I haven’t checked it that much, but what is certain is that it won’t fail us and according to some reviewers that for such a popular shoe with superb performance, we don’t need to worry whether it is worth the price. Just try!

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Nike Air Force 1’07 QS Performance Review

The Nike Air Force 1 Low “Easter Egg,” a limited shoe from the Nike company this year, shows that it is full of originality and sincerity. And Nike has issued the AF1 “All Over” in the market in multiple colorways.

I guess that many of you are attracted by the shoe’s lovely appearance like me. The shoe body is made up of light yellow, pink, purple and green, which is very fresh and lovely. The multi-material splicing design and the use of high quality materials make the shoe very appealing. Having adapted Nike Air cushion, the shoe’s cushioning performance surely won’t fail us. Anyway, let’s go on checking.

The upper is mainly made of buff canvas and pink suede with fresh blue leather embellished. Besides that, another highlight of the shoe is that there is a egg design in the tongue, which is quite different from the other shoes. But after all, every sneaker has its somewhat unique design.

At the side, the grey Swoosh logo matching the fluorescent yellow leather is rather nice. The shoe is very pretty and from the side view, it gives us another feeling that it lives up to a fashionable title. However, there are a couple of users claiming that they did not like the chunky profile of the Air Force 1 07 QS. Anyway, this depends. There are various colors at the side and the super thick midsole, which looks very stable, and rubbery outsole cooperate with each other very well.

For the heel , it is wrapped in fresh light green leather and the pink suede is embroidered with Nike Air and logo.  It is said that most of the wearers loved the neck breaking look of the AF1 07 QS. Quite a nice compliment! In short, it is such a fashionable one that most buyers revealed that they could pair this with almost any casual attire, from strolling to the streets to chilling during a night out.

For the comfort which I think is the most important part of a shoe, it is, according to a large percentage of reviewers, super comfortable when they are wearing the shoes. But to tell you the truth, the initial feeling after wearing the shoe is that  the shoe wears hard with only a little softness. But on the other hand, it is rather soft compared with the other shoes at the present market. And the thick midsole has also limited flexibility.

The vamp is mainly made of the original fabric and suede, which guarantees some soft experiences for consumers. There is a sponge inside the shoe,  ensuring a nice  feeling for the foot.

Owing to the thick midsole, a single shoe weighs 479 grams, which a  users thought that it is a little bit heavy. But practically all AF 1 shoes are not lightweight and their weight are all within the normal weight range.

If asked what is the most satisfactory respect of the shoe, I would say the upper like most people because this pair is not only a very versatile kick, but also a very practical one and won’t trap too much sweat inside the shoe. Though it is a fact that fabric and suede uppers are more breathable than leather ones, we should not forget that the upper is also a chunky one that doesn’t work as well for air permeability, so your foot will feel noticeably muggy.

In terms of wrapping and support, unlike leather ones which are stiff, the upper of this pair can not provide a clear wrapping. A few reviewers have also noted about the roomy toebox. The soft fabrics and suede uppers with a sponge on the inside wraps more visibly than the AF 1.

For the support, the fabric uppers and suede are tough, thus providing good support. When doing high-intensive exercises you can see that the vamp deforms only a little, thus providing plenty of stability.

With respect to the traction, I’ve mentioned earlier that the shoe has a rather thick midsole and the outsole is not a thin layer as well.

It is the classic outsole pattern and the front and back sole have also ring raised patterns, thus offering a multi-angle and nice grip. It is simply a sneaker with  an exceptional grip. You can have a try in the flesh.

As for the cushioning, the shoe has equipped with  the Nike Air cushion that is known for providing excellent cushioning.

There is only a slight soft bounce when walking and the comfort feeling of the upper is not obvious.

But when you are running, the soft bounce of the sole is very prominent and you can feel the clear rebound from the sole on every landing step.

After all, the cushion setup it installs is the Nike Air cushion, so it won’t be so bad. Some said that for AF1 conservatives or pacesetters, this unique lifestyle kick is clearly a must-have, but I wan to tell you that for those who are seeking a neutral one which is excellent for both walking and combat in terms of cushioning, this one is a must-get.

For the size, you can choose  a bigger one than you are usually wearing. Some with wide footers feel it  is suitable whereas those with  thinner feet feel there is extra room inside the shoe.

Verdict:

What surges into my mind with respect to the shoe is “exceptional”. This shoe features a retro flavor with surefire eye-catching details. And there are some other colorways for you to choose. In short, the shoe is overall excellent and I just wan to give it a thumb up!

 

 

 

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Nike Air Force 1 Mid Performance Review

Air Force 1 should be one of the symbol of Nike and even the whole gym shoes. Since 1982, it always the one of NIKE’s hot-sale shoes. And it’s also the first model of NIKE’s basketball shoes which use air cushion. Air Force 1 has released more than 1700 colorways till now, including the high, middle and low types. Today we want to disclose the actual performance of Air Force 1 for your reference.
BTW, we tested Air Force 1 Mid today. It has a little difference with the Low and High types.
Personal Information of Tester:
Height: 172cm
Weight: 72kg
Size: US8.5=EUR42
Playing Way: Running Shooter
Field:Indoor wood floor & out-field cement


Nike Air Force 1 Mid
Material: Artificial leather vamp, artificial leather lace up on ankle part, common rubber outsole, 3/4 Air Cushion


Most of Air Force 1 use leather material (dermis or artificial leather). The vamp material of this sneaker approach to artificial patent leather. The comfort level is not bad. But the vamp is a little stiff, so it’s painful during the period of breaking-in. If you like softer leather or higher comfort level, you can choose the Premium model which uses higher-class leather.
Cushion Performance
Air Force 1 is the first pair of basketball shoes which use Nike Air Cushion technology. It’s built-in 3/4 length of Nike Air Cushion in the rubber insole. It seems that the 3/4 length air cushion is not bad. But the actual performance is not good. If you only wear it for waling, you won’t feel that it’s uncomfortable, but you can’t feel the feedback of air cushion. After playing basketball for a long time, I feel that my arch is sore. The insole of Air Force 1 is very thick. Anyway, the cushion performance of Air Force 1 is very bad without changing the shoe-pad.

Traction Performance
The traction performance is the opposite of cushion performance. The traction performance of Air Force 1 can competitive with present sneakers. The conventional rubber outsole with the roundness pattern make it has great traction. It can cater most of my movements. I rarely slipped not matter on indoor wood floor or out-field. The traction performance of Air Force 1 is excellent.


Fit
Please kindly note that the comment for fit is to Mid type, not including the Low and High types. For the size, I think that you can choose the normal size for Air Force 1. The plying-up level of vamp is insufficient. The ankle lacing up of Mid type can fit the foot better. After tensioning the second shoelace’s hole, it will lock the ankle well. It reminds me the Jordan Why Not Zer0.1. But this kind of lock will also limit the movement of ankle.


Support
The support to ankle is great. If you believe that the high type won’t sprain the ankle, you will love this sneaker. As the center of gravity is high and traction performance is great, the Air Force 1 can’t stop immediately. As the base of Air Force 1 is not wide enough and the center of gravity is high, it has risk on lateral support. The advantage of Air Force 1 is the support above insole is good.


Abrasive Resistance
The outsole of Air Force 1 is wearable. We haven’t found the visible abrasion. The hardness of the rubber is high and the grain is deep, so it can assure the lifetime of outsole. I think that Air Force 1 is the most wearable shoes that I have tested.


Air Permeability
It doesn’t have mesh on the shoe tongue. The holes on the vamp is useless. So the air permeability is very bad. But if you want to wear it when raining, the missing air holes will be a advantage. Of course, you can choose Air Force 1 Flyknit which is lighter, softer and has better air permeability. But Air Force 1 Flyknit is only suitable for walking.


Overall:
I’m disappointed at the actual performance of Air Force 1. It can’t compare with present basketball shoes. The biggest advantages of this sneaker is the traction performance and abrasive resistance. But other performance is below average. I don’t like the thick and stiff insole. If you want to purchase it for walking, its advantage is enough for you. But if you want to wear it for playing basketball, I suggest you to change the shoe-pad to Sof Sole Airr Orthotic.