In one of my first Style Guide’s that I put together, I wore a classic pair of white mid-top Air Force 1’s while dishing on how sneakers were my initial style influence. Since I was a teenager, my style has evidently evolved. One thing that hasn’t changed, is how fearless, unique and unapologetic I feel in a pair of sneakers. There’s something so nostalgic about wearing my natural curls, putting on my home teams jersey and a pair of fresh Air Forces that reminds me of how authenticity shaped the woman I am now. To me, Air Force 1’s and basketball jerseys remind me of how confident I was as a young girl; certain about what I believed in and wanted, and I’ve gone on to get it. Nike has recrafted a classic and released the Icon Edition Swingman jersey along with an NBA collection of low top Air Force 1’s, jerseys and gear and I couldn’t resist taking part in that.
I currently still have a collection of over 70 pairs of sneakers I can’t seem to let go of, including over 20 pairs of Air Forces, so the obsession is still real. Whether you’re playing or just a fan, the game of basketball can inspire you on the road to achievement. What makes the new AF-1 Low different is that it’s NBA dedication honors the drive and hustle it takes to reach your dreams on the court and beyond in everyday life. The new look features an exaggerated Swoosh logo that pays homage to Nike Basketball’s humble beginnings. The timeless Jerry West NBA logo is seen on the heel, while team colors help further showcase your team pride and the detailed Nike printed laces are a nice touch.
There’s an NBA jersey for every team, but I’m a Houston girl, so it’s only right I style a Rockets jersey for a morning at Root Memorial Square Park. The city is in the part of the season where you’ll freeze if you’re standing in the shade, but break a sweat if you’re in the sun. Luckily, this new jersey has Dri-FIT Technology that wicks sweat away from your skin to help you stay dry. I live for versatility so I decided on a medium men’s jersey so that I could wear it oversized with denim for a tomboy look, or as a dress with a denim jacket over it for a more girly look. For a Sunday morning at the court, the tomboy look was much more fitting.
I felt so at-home in this sneaker + jersey look and it gave me the same joy it did as a teenager. I specifically remember lacing up a fresh pair of Air Force’s while plotting on how I could take over the opportunities in front of me. I spent an entire decade revolving my style around Nike releases and although I rarely get the opportunity to wear NBA jerseys and Air Force 1’s these days, I’m looking forward to dusting off some of my favorites and rotating them into my wardrobe. What are some of your Nike favorites?
Photos by: @FarranWeezy
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