As my last and final report on the Nike Sportswear 21 Mercer Store in NYC, I’ve saved the best for last. My personal favorites, the Nike Dunk and the Air Force 1. You can find me in Dunks practically every day. I took the above photo because this is no ordinary Nike Dunk. It is a seamless sneaker with a colored octagon pattern created in homage for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Since 1985, the Dunk has served its owners as a basketball shoe, a skate shoe, a vintage shoe, a piece of history, and a work of art. For its rebirth under the Nike Sportswear banner, an ergonomic molded ankle collar, spring-loaded stay-put tongue and a reinforced upper with skived edges makes this iconic piece even easier to love.
Find out more about the re-designed Dunk & Air Force 1 after the jump.
A range of Dunks available at 21 Mercer
Created in 1982, the Air Force 1 was the first basketball shoe to feature Nike Air technology in its inner sole and it has adoring fans world wide. It is synnonymous with sports culture and music. There are countless songs that mention these sneakers. 26 years after its creation, Rasheed Wallace even wears the Air Force 1 to play basketball now!
Surely, you’re thinking that there are better sneakers out there with more advanced technologies for playing basketball. Well, Rasheed likes the Air Force 1 so much that he insists on wearing the sneaker, thus forcing designers to update comfort and durability to make it up to today’s standards. The Nike Sportswear offering of the Air Force 1 has been re-engineered in supple leather; smooth, rolled edges and flush seaming for superior comfort. Also, the visible air pocket is a modern touch that really sets it off!
A range of Air Force 1′s available at 21 Mercer