Following the success of Levi’s x Jordan Brand in 2018, the denim maker and Nike team up again to reimagine another iconic sneaker.
America’s most significant contribution to the ever-evolving global fashion industry has undeniably been its invention of denim. When working-class Americans needed heavy-duty pants around the time of the California Gold Rush, tailor Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss produced the first pair of denim bottoms in 1873. They called them blue jeans.
Levi’s has been an insurmountable denim brand ever since. Weathering the ebbs and flows of the fashion world—and denim’s on-again off-again popularity as a wardrobe staple—the American label has never faltered. An adjacent success story, as equally cemented in sportswear as the lauded Levi’s, is that of Nike. The revelatory Oregon-based company is the pinnacle of sneaker design and launches numerous commercial triumphs. Of Nike's most adored styles, the transcendent Air Force 1 looms larger than the rest. As perhaps the most ubiquitous Nike sneaker of the past 40 years, the Air Force 1’s cultural importance since its inception in 1982 remains unrivaled.