Air Force 1 receives a pearl necklace for its 40th anniversary. As Nike gets more creative with one of its most popular sneakers, the latest AF1 calls upon one of the most timeless gemstones of them all: pearls.
Tighten the beads — While it’s not as diamond-encrusted as last year’s Swarovski x Nike Air Force 1 sneaker, it does have some subtle blingy hardware. The sneaker is based on the classic all-white construction of the AF1, mixing smooth and tumbled leathers on the upper. Small pearl studs appear under the side Swooshes and again under the laces, while the toe and heel of the sole feature additional studded texture. Finishing off, the tongue labels are stamped with an embossed Nike Swoosh label.
Turn up the charm — This isn’t the first time Nike has added jewel designs to its sneakers: previous releases have included the Swarovski pair (and a similar Cactus Plant pair), the Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LX Bling, and a charm bracelet. Air Force 90, among others. Other brands have also dived into the trend, like Adidas’ glitter ZX 6000 and Jordan Brand’s recent gold Air Jordan 1 hoop.
Adding “shoe-lery” to a sneaker is a way for brands to add personalization to pairs without actually distorting their silhouette. In the age of TikTok, young sneakerheads have an affinity for details that add personalization to their favorite sneakers, and charm bracelets and jewelry strike the right nerve.
An official release date for the pearlescent Air Force 1s has yet to be revealed, but given the significance of all its anniversary celebrations and drops, it should be within the next few weeks. Either way, they’re a gem – and if you don’t want them when they come out, we’ll take them all.