Streetwear and outdoor apparel may not have historically complemented each other, but over the last decade, gorp-core and techwear have demonstrated how well the two styles blend together. Nike always has its finger on the pulse of the fashion world, while still creating new technology that looks just as good as it performs (the Air units on the Air Max 1s are a perfect example). The label was also ahead of the techwear scene, launching the outdoor sublabel Nike ACG all the way back in the late ‘80s. About seventy years earlier, Leon Leonwood Bean created a rugged, waterproof pair of boots known as Bean Boots (AKA Duck Boots/Maine Hunting Shoes), which are equally as iconic as many of Nike’s silhouettes. One particular pair, the Air Force 1s, may have got its start on the court, but they transcended the sport and became streetwear icons. Taking the best from both of these silhouettes, the Nike Lunar Force 1s combine Air Force 1 style with Duck Boot durability.
Getting into the construction, these boots have a water-repellent leather upper and a durable rubber outsole with enough traction to tackle your favorite trails in style. Inside, you’re getting synthetic insulation to keep your feet warm and water at bay, and the oversized tongue isn’t just for that Duck Boot style; it keeps your ankles more secure and protected as well. On the front, there’s a studded design featuring a unique star pattern, with metal lace hardware to tie it all together – and don’t worry, those classic Air units haven’t gone anywhere.
Few silhouettes have had as much staying power and influence as the Air Force 1s, and it’s clear that they’re not going anywhere. Between the unique redesigns, the history, and the build quality, you can never go wrong with these classics.
The Nike Lunar Force 1s are available in this Black, Neutral Olive, Black colorway now for $185 – just in time for the winter weather that lies ahead.