In celebration of his exhibit premiering at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in June 2019, Virgil Abloh teamed up with Nike once again to produce a Nike Air Force 1. The Off-White x Air Force 1 Low '07 'MCA' shoe features a University Blue leather upper and a Metallic Silver Swoosh with prominent stitching and a signature red tab. For a full circle-feel, the shoe reprises key design details from previous Off-White offerings, including the iconic zip tie and quoted branding
The Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Lemonade’ reunites Virgil Abloh with Bruce Kilgore’s iconic 1982 basketball shoe. Abloh dips the leather upper in a rich mustard yellow hue, save for a silver Swoosh outlined in contrast zigzag stitching and the designer’s signature Helvetica text on the medial quarter panel. A matching yellow midsole features ‘AIR’ printed on the lateral sidewall. Exposed foam construction is utilized on the collar and tongue, the latter decorated with a woven tag that displays ‘OFF’ Nike Air branding. Abloh leaves his final mark by looping his signature zip tie around the laces.
Designed by Virgil Abloh, the Off-White x Air Force 1 Low '07 'MoMA' was unveiled at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. In January 2018, MoMA exclusively sold the sneaker to celebrate its ‘Items: Is Fashion Modern?’ exhibition. The design features a metallic Swoosh on the black leather upper, an orange tag, translucent zip tie and white lettering on the side-panel. A chunky foam tongue, white laces with black “SHOELACES” branding, and a black midsole with white “AIR” branding complete the look.
This Air Force 1 designed by Virgil Abloh dropped at ComplexCon 2017 in celebration of the silhouette’s 35th anniversary. It features a white leather upper with a metallic silver Swoosh and an orange tag. It also comes with a chunky foam tongue and signature “AIR” branding on the midsole. The Nike Air Force 1 AF100 pack also included an Air Force 1 Low by Travis Scott, a Lunar Force 1 by Acronym, an Air Force 1 High by Don C, and an Air Force 1 Low by Roc-A-Fella. The pack received a wider release in December 2017.
The Off-White x Air Force 1 ‘Volt’ veers from the established orthodoxy of Virgil Abloh’s Nike design playbook, maximizing a neon hue from the Swoosh’s signature palette that the designer had previously left untouched. It coats the shoe’s mixed-material upper as well as its laces and midsole. Contrasting hits of black bring tonal variety to the Swoosh and medial-side quarter panel, which is printed with Virgil’s trademark text.
Virgil Abloh presents a relatively straightforward take on Bruce Kilgore’s design with this Off-White x Air Force 1 Low. That isn’t to suggest there aren’t unique details on the reconstructed build: in addition to a mix of ripstop and suede, the upper features taped seams and a white Swoosh attached via zigzag stitching. Exposed foam and misplaced tags appear on the tongue, while ‘LOGO’ inscribed on the heel tab delivers a final meta flourish.
Released as part of the ‘The Ten’ collection from Virgil Abloh and Nike, the Off-White x Air Force 1 is transformed through the use of a translucent upper – an effect the designer calls ‘ghosting.’ Abloh characterizes this model as one of the most experimental designs from ‘The Ten,’ as it takes a foundational sneaker and radically reduces it, removing all the layers practically down to the padding, so that it’s still technically an Air Force 1, but just barely.