The Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit Men's Shoe weighs 50 percent less than the '82 hoops original thanks to its all-new, ultra-breathable Nike Flyknit upper. Strategically crafted Flyknit panels add dimension while remaining true to the AF1 design aesthetic.
Woven Flyknit yarns integrate areas of high breathability, stretch and support where you need it most, conforming to the shape of your foot for a comfortable, lightweight feel.
The lightweight, injected midsole includes an encapsulated Air-Sole unit in the heel for long-lasting cushioning and impact protection.
Air Force 1 Origins
This once hoops shoe was named after Air Force One—the aircraft that carries the US President. In 1982, it was the first basketball shoe to house Nike Air, revolutionising the game while rapidly gaining traction around the world, from the hardwood, to the tarmac, to the core of hip-hop culture. Today, the Air Force 1 stays true to its roots with soft, springy cushioning, but the Nike Air technology takes a back seat to the shoe's status as an icon.
Flyknit OriginsNike Flyknit technology was inspired by feedback from runners craving a shoe with the snug (and virtually unnoticed) fit of a sock. Nike embarked on a four-year mission with teams of programmers, engineers and designers to create the technology needed to make the knit upper with static properties for structure and durability. Then the precise placement of support, flexibility and breathability—all in one layer—was refined. The result is a featherweight, form-fitting and virtually seamless upper. This unprecedented precision maximises performance while reducing material waste by an average of 60% compared to traditional cut and sew, saving millions of kilograms of material from reaching landfills.