I bought these Air Force 1’s back in February of 2005. I remember the date because Valentine’s Day had just passed by and I was broke from buying gifts for my girlfriend at the time. Imagine having to pass by the sneaker store and hope that the sneakers you want don’t get sold? Well that was the dilemma I was dealing with. Fortunately for me, the Tuskegee AF1’s weren’t very popular back then, and I was able to buy them a few months later.
The Tuskegee AF1’s are named in tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black army pilots from WWII. The sneaker takes inspiration from the fighter planes the airmen flew, the P-51C mustang. What made me interested in this sneaker was its similarities to the Air Jordan V. More specifically the V’s have the same shark teeth effect on the side midsole. The Tuskegee AF1’s take it up a notch by also adding the shark’s eye, and other air force symbols on the side panel and insole.
The sneaker is a majority colorway of khaki and midnight navy (navy blue for me). I bought them in a 9.5 because they fit really big (I’m usually a 10.5 in Jordans). They come with khaki color laces, and an extra pair of navy blue laces are included in a baggy. Not a lot of people are fans of Mids, but I like them and adding a navy blue swoosh to the strap really makes it stand out nicely. This sneakers was perfectly executed by Nike, and buying it wasn’t a hassle; it goes to show you that a sneaker doesn’t have to be super hyped or limited for it to be beautiful.
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