We're late on this one, but it's a shoe that's too enduringly ugly not to cover.
Plus the Nike
Air Force 1 Foamposite Pro Low is name so long, it requires some kind of memory training to remember. Passing the baton from one performance-led moonboot to another, we've got a soft spot for the Foamposite Force 1 just for making some people really, really angry with its bulbous appearance. When the first Air Force 1 Foamposite appeared, that high cut made it a brazen statement of Nike's basketball history as well as a hybrid attempt at two hood classics with some Nike Boot appeal too. We thought that was the end of it, but they keep coming and this low-cut version is a lot less Frankenshoe than the higher variation and because it's based on the Foamposite Pro, there's a big jewel swoosh that reminds us of the 1997/98 period when Foam and Force alike had the shiny branding to ensure this actually makes some sense. This Pewter colourway is one of our favorite Foamposite Ones and this does a decent job of homaging that colour and switch in textures. Even the transparent sole unit makes sense here for once.
While the original Air Force 1 looked like it dropped from space when it debuted, now it's so far into the aesthetic comfort zone and at 30 years old, the new "dad shoe" norm for many and the audience lapping up Foams (itself, not a youngster at 15 years old) are the AF1's old target audience. When the Foamposite arrived, it had the same cosmic feel as the Uptown did on the older generation, so does that mean the Foams are set to be the dad shoe of 2027? Stranger things have happened. We're still traditionalists who favour a clean AF1 or an obnoxiously alien-like Foamposite and we maintain that when they're mixed they lose a little of that power, but we have to concede that Nike have done a solid job in bringing two looks together. It was never going to turn out pretty, was it?