For its 35th Birthday Nike announced it’s Air Force 1 x VLONE collaboration with the Harlem crew, ASAP Mob. To celebrate the longevity of the classic Air Force 1 model, Nike reached out to VLONE to create a shoe that would represent the past and future of the model affectionally called “Uptowns” in the New York area. The shoe, debuted this weekend at Complex Con, is primarily black with premium leather orange detailing with the VLONE insignia on the back.
Leader of the VLONE brand, ASAP Bari, spoke with Complex to explain the importance of this collaboration:
Complex: Does it blow your mind that Nike gave you an Air Force 1 collaboration?
Bari: You need to understand: I keep on telling you this, but I’m from Harlem and me doing this collaboration means a lot for the culture of Harlem, VLONE, and the kids. Nike’s giving this 24-year-old kid from Harlem a deal to do a pair of Air Forces. That’s so fucking rare. For VLONE to be so fresh and new and to do collaborations with Nike, that’s so rare. I can’t explain how it’s going to affect the kids, you’ll just need to wait and see.
Complex: Do you think about how people are going to perceive your work in 10 years?
Bari: It’s just a lifestyle, man. I base my whole life upon a freestyle. You don’t know what’s going to come out your mouth. This sneaker might be wack to people, it might be amazing to others, it might be the most powerful sneaker in 10 years. You don’t know where it’s going to lead to. I don’t like to predict myself, I just like to sit back and relax and see where this is at in 10 years. People might say, “10 years ago, that sneaker was actually dope. The leather was on point. I can still wear those today, the leather doesn’t crease.”
Five luck raffle winners won the first pairs of the shoes last weekend but general release has yet to be announced. We’ll keep you all posted. In the mean time, check out some close up shots of the shoe below.