Off-White Nike Air Force 1’s are in high demand

Tareek Galadima

A new pair of Air forces have dropped. But they’re not your common solid color air force, it’s a collaboration with the late Virgil Abloh’s brand Off-White.

The Off-White Nike Air Force 1 has been a collaboration since November of 2017 as part of Virgil Abloh’s “The Ten” collection with Nike. Since then, there have been a ton of Off-White Air forces that have been released with the most recent pair being the “Brooklyn pair.” They released September 13, 2022 for a retail price of only $160. Pretty cheap for a designer shoe you would think.

However, getting a hold of the shoe is not easy. The shoes drop on the app snkrs where you enter into a raffle and test your luck on winning the shoe against tens of thousands of people worldwide. According to data you have a 1 in 7500 chance you win the shoe, the chances are pretty low which leaves you with one other option: buying from a reseller.

When big shoes like the Off-White Air Force 1 drop the biggest shoe collectors in the world all go for the shoe so they can make a profit off it and for some odd reason they always win a pair. They will buy the shoe for $160 then go resell it with the lowest price of resale being $1,375 and the highest price being $69,420 on stockx.

What makes the shoe so expensive is the comfort and durability of the shoe along with the stylistic individually in designs. The different colors, crinkled swoosh, sponge innards, the air text on the lateral, custom laces that say “shoelaces” and zip tie on the laces. All these things allow customers to express themselves and expand their fashion. 

Nike Dunks return to popularity – September 14, 2022

You’ve probably seen a ton of your peers at NC wearing a pair of Dunks and maybe even copped a pair for yourself. The Nike dunk shoe has made a reappearance into the shoe world.

]The shoe was popular from 1985 with the first shoes being made for basketball players to wear modeled after the high top Air Force 1. 

Then the SB version was made whose main audience was skateboarders. Eventually, dunks were in everyone’s closet and they were not only used for athletic purposes they were considered drip.

That was until the early 2010s, the shoe fell off and couldn’t hang with competing shoes like the Air Forces, Jordans and Air Maxes. That changed in 2020 though, after the shoe collabed with famous names and brands like Travis Scott, Virgil Abloh and the Grateful Dead. The shoe came back to life with tons of improvements.

The Nike dunks have so many different designs varying from low, mid and high. New colorways were made and signature shoes like the Panda Dunk, the Michigan Dunks, Nike SB Bart Simpson and the Nike Dunk SB Chunky Dunky were big hits. 

The Nike Dunk inspired other brands to model their shoe after it like the Bape SK8 Sta and the SGA Converse Pro Leather. They’re killing it in the shoe industry right now with resale prices being almost 250% higher than retail prices which range from $90-$120.

Personally though, I would rate these shoes an eight out of ten. I think the colors are beautiful and I love how they can be used for many different purposes. However, it’s not a 10 because it can’t be worn with everything. Will you be copping a pair of dunks anytime soon?