The change also helps you wear the shoe longer as there is less energy needed in the heel-to-toe motion. The sole has injected phylon tooling, similar to the Roshe and to other products that we did in the modern era, where you’re literally sitting on that foam. We even replicated the texture. Ultimately, it’s way more comfortable as there’s nothing between you and the foam.Were there any other design elements that you had to keep for the authenticity perspective?Yes indeed. For example, I believe there are 52 stars on the outsole of the tip and heel, and we wanted to maintain the same formula. We also took the “Air” on the side wall and we inverted it. So we wanted to present this as a modern AF1, but at the same time, it’s lighter.
The one thing I was really passionate about was the aim to have this have strong DNA links to the original AF1: how do we make it modern? how do we push it forward, but still keep it true to what it is?So another thing we did was construct the Swoosh, backtab and strap out of leather. We never used leather and Flyknit together, so it was a big thing for us to combine the best of footwear materials together. It was a long process to figure out how to make them go together in the right areas. Even if you look at the lines on the original AF1, the Flyknit version actually echoes the design line for line.
Also we were able to finish it off like how it was created in 1982 by Bruce Kilgore. The backtab for example, instead of embroidery, we did it in deboss. So it feels a little bit more modern but still has the same exact design architecture we started with.One of the most iconic things about the AF1 is the curve and linear lines of the eyestay. And this is the very first time we did something like that with Flyknit because the eyestay literally curved around, and the curve is one of the most unique features of the AF1 along with the perforations and the vamp – how it subtly raises around the toe box.