Many people around the world have enjoyed stompin’ in their Air Force 1s since the shoe’s original release in 1982. Over the years, some cities have been home to limited edition local drops – including Chicago, London and Philadelphia in the early 2000s – and some of these Air Force 1s have become cherished local grails.
One of the biggest fan favorites from the early aughts is now coming back: 2001’s “Concept Japan” collection Linen/Atmosphere Air Force 1 Low returns as an exclusive in collaboration with Kith store to celebrate the opening of their new Miami flagship store tomorrow, Friday, December 2nd.
Nicknamed by collectors as the “Linen” because of its clean, muted brown colorway, the duo-tone shoe with the pink Swoosh and clean white laces has been high on the list of many AF1 hunters.
Ronnie Fieg at Kith, who hunted down four pairs over the years, even goes as far as saying: “The Linen is my favorite shoe, period. There are different elements that make a sneaker great, and the Linen is the definition of every one. The quality is on point, the colorway is unique yet tasteful, they were almost impossible to find, and there were only a few made.”
And to hear DJ Clark Kent tell it: “The Linen is an absolutely beautiful execution of the perfect sneaker. The color way is simple, clean and different— but not scary. Nobody would dream to wear a shoe with pink swooshes in the U.S. at the time. But, when NYC saw these, minds changed, and it became an instant classic.” Kent even flew to Japan himself in 2001 to roam sneaker shops – he came up with 11 pairs. Now that’s determination.
In the spirit of local releases, the Nike x Kith Air Force 1 Linen will only be available at the all-new Miami Kith store as an exact replica of the original tomorrow, Friday December 2. Street artist Futura has also created some window art and custom Linens shoe boxes to be gifted to friends and close associates.
Free pairs of Linens will also be raffled off at the new Kith store at 1931 Collins Ave, Miami, for the next two weeks. All photos below and opening photo via Kith: