Without Baltimore, the Nike Air Force 1 might have faded out of existence. In 1984, two years after its launch, Nike wasn't planning to continue production of the shoe, but thanks to Baltimore's enthusiastic wearers, the AF-1 continued to be made.
Celebrating the spirit of the city, the Nike Special Field Air Force 1 Mid "For Baltimore" pays homage with B'More detailing, a custom-embroidered strap, an '84 hangtag and comic-inspired insoles. The shoes come in a box illustrated by Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design artist Ed Piskor, who also created a comic book telling the story of the key players who helped keep the Air Force 1 in production.
Nike has partnered with local retailer Downtown Locker Room and Maryland community organization, Jubilee Arts, on a Baltimore youth arts program that launches in October. A mural by artist Ed Piskor will be featured on the former site of the historic store, Cinderella Shoes, and commemorative plaques will appear at Downtown Locker Room, alongside where Cinderella Shoes and Charley Rudo Sports formerly existed.
The Nike SF AF-1 Mid "For Baltimore" is available starting September 30 exclusively at Downtown Locker Room in Mondawmin Mall and on Monument Street in Baltimore.