This sneaker depicts a time when going against an influx of urban violence was a cause not only in sneaker design, but in music as well. Boogie Down Productions cut the hip-hop collaboration song “Self Destruction” in 1989, and many remember the Afro-Centric styling in urban culture that typifies this era in urban fashion. The Air Raid represented a call for peace, and its aesthetic calls to mind African American pride as well. So while this shoe was made for the streets and the rigors of the outdoor courts, this was a rare model that had a secondary purpose – curbing the violence that plagued many of those very streets.
Original 1993 deadstock Nike Air Raid 2
Thanks to Mike Packer of Packer Shoes.