The Air Force 1 returns yet again as concept art that’s fairly unique and unlike what we’ve ever seen on the market before. Thus, proving the unwavering creative skills of concept artists that continue to release original designs even though the number of Air Force 1 Low colorways are innumerable and frankly, extremely difficult to keep track of. This month alone, we saw close to ten new colorways yet Nike and artists alike continue to experiment and create brand-new designs for the Air Force 1 including this one. Presenting, the polarizing Air Force 1 Low Neon Charcoal.
It wasn’t easy finalizing the design for the Air Force 1 High and Low as the sneakers went through a myriad of experimental stages, eventually settling for what we know and love today. The Lower cut Achilles portion of the Air Force 1 diverged from the norm at the time when it came to basketball sneakers. It featured an ankle strap which had to be made removable as some wear-testers preferred to go without it, even though they were designed for improved ankle support. This silhouette is also one of the few that was first designed at Exeter, Nike’s original experimentation lab which created all kinds of OG sneakers. Over time, artists started emulating Nike’s designers with their own concepts such as this Air Force 1 Low Neon Charcoal.
Covered in a predominantly leather construction, this colorway wears hues that appear to be a combination of dark olive and grey. This charcoal-like color covers the toes of the shoe while also appearing on the side panels and the heel overlays. Toe boxes feature customary perforations meant for effective ventilation and bordered by smooth leather eye stays that are passed through contrasting bright neon laces that embellish the sneaker. At the bottom laces, a matching charcoal lace ornament known as a “deubré”
can also be spotted and features “AF1” engraved text that’s barely visible in this case.
Throats lead up to a pair of Charcoal tongues with contrasting neon tags and black text that read “Air Force 1” and “Nike Air”. This colorway is reminiscent of the Air Force 1 Low Cement Volt which dons a similar color scheme but wears Air Jordan 3-inspired elephant prints all throughout the upper. The neon Charcoal, however, also wears contrasting neon hues on the interior materials that match the lateral neon Swooshes. Dark midsoles with embossed Air logos and matching outsoles complete the look. For more concepts, stay tuned for more!