Nike Pays Tribute to the City of Baltimore With Exclusive AF-1’s

According to Nike themselves, the Air Force 1 sneaker was supposed to fade from memory a mere two years after its introduction in 1982. They weren’t planning for the classic sneaker design to stay in production any longer, but changed their minds due to the enthusiasm and demand for it in the city of Baltimore.

33 Years later, and the company pays tribute to the city by giving B’More its own exclusive iteration of the shoe it once saved: “Celebrating the spirit of the city, the Nike Special Field Air Force 1 Mid ‘For Baltimore’ pays homage with B’More detailing, a custom-embroidered strap, an ’84 hangtag and comic-inspired insoles. The shoes come in a box illustrated by artist Ed Piskor, who also created a comic book telling the story of the key players who helped keep the Air Force 1 in production.”

As the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree, Piskor is no stranger to the aesthetics of the time in which that story takes place. The award-winning comic series depicts the early history of the genre, from the ’70s up until 1985, over the span of four volumes. He is currently hard at work at distilling the history of the X-Men for Marvel Comics in a similar manner, with a series titled X-Men: Grand Design. On his Instagram, the artist revealed how busy his summer had been: “Worked eight hours a day on X-Men and eight hours a day on Nike.”

The late great ‘Cinderella Shoes’ store that used to be in Baltimore will presumably play a role in the comic accompanying the shoe, as Piskor will also create a mural commemorating the Air Force 1 and its connection to Baltimore at its former location. You can check out a couple more looks at the shoe and its packaging, as well as some shirts Piskor designed along with it, below.

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