words & images_Nick DePaula

The Air Force 1.

The first in Force. The first shoe in basketball to feature Nike Air.

An icon that's lasted through three decades. Despite all efforts to nearly ruin the shoe during its 25th anniversary. (They got close.)

A Bruce Kilgore-penned classic. Carried on by Rasheed Wallace for the last ten years on-court. Worn well into the future by everyone else.

To browse through over 650 colorways of the Air Force 1 and more than 1,500 other classic Nike sneakers, check out the Ultimate Kicktionary in Sole Collector's Issue 34, available now at Foot Locker stores and at SoleCollector.com.