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Where I grew up in Connecticut, in the outskirts of Hartford (the state’s capital), Air Force Ones were referred to as “Uptowns” or “AF1s.” And almost everyone I knew had a pair (or 2 or 3), including myself. It was the early 2000s and songs like Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” showed just how relevant the sneaker was – and this was pre-hypebeast era. Whether you had the all-white, all-black, hi-top with the straps or low-tops, people were shelling out $$ for a fresh pair. Today, as I made my sneaker blog rounds, I came across an image of the “new and improved Air Force 1” (seen above). Made of premium leather with a Phylon drop-in and Nike Air cushioning for the double the comfort, the sneaker is canvased in black leather paired with a white sole for the finish. In honor of this release, here’s a brief overview of the AF1’s evolution throughout the years.

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And of course, my personal favorite (I mean, who didn’t have a pair?)

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