The Nike Air Force 1 Rucker Park is a special edition version of the silhouette, paying homage to the famous park that once housed a famous NBA basketball court.
Rucker Park may sound familiar to you and that’s because the famous park was featured in TNT’s film On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park and Kyrie’s 2018 film Uncle Drew. Housing a basketball court that many NBA stars played on, the court and park has become one of the most famous public parks in the US. Now, Nike looks to dedicate their Air Force 1 Low to it for a special sneaker.
First up is the Air Force 1. An undeniably apt choice due to its history in New York City — and especially Harlem, where it’s still known as the “Uptown” — this low-cut iteration of a classic is built fully of white leather. Smooth on the upper’s panels and tumbled on the Swoosh, this crisp base material is rimmed by bright orange contrast stitching, collar lining and tags on the old-school mesh tongue. Enamel basketballs replace the standard lace deubres, Rucker Park’s zip code is embroidered on the lateral heel and a basketball court is printed on the insole. White midsoles and orange outsoles finalize the look.
White leather uppers feature orange trim around the large forefoot overlay and the collar, with orange Nike Air branded accents appearing on each heel. Short Swooshes are presented in black, as are top and bottom eyestays and the tongue’s Air Flight hit. The shoe’s special embellishments are threefold: an enamel basketball lace deubre appears on the forefoot, “10039” — the Rucker’s Harlem zip code — is embroidered in black on the heel and a basketball court print is present on the insoles. White/orange midsoles and two-tone outsoles round off the look.
The Air Flight ‘89 is an undeniably apt lifestyle choice for a basketball-inspired pack; it released in 1989 alongside the Air Jordan 4 — hence the similarly-shaped midsole — and was worn on court by Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.