In its latest installment of "Inside the Vault," Nike takes a look back at the legendary "PlayStation" Air Force 1, originally released in 2006. As part of the design process leading up to the limited launch, Nike and the PlayStation team cooked up a sample pair that used a full-grain leather upper with red laces. (Nike says that virtually all those round one samples were later destroyed.) The finished product would add a bit of shine, thanks to the use of patent leather on the toebox, eyestay and midfoot paneling. Purple laces would replace the red, and the gradient coloring on the heel, adorned with the PlayStation logo, would make the shoe the instant classic that we know today. Limited to 150 pairs, the kicks were distributed to friends and family, Sony execs and contest winners.
According to the Swoosh, "Nike and PlayStation continue to forge a strong legacy of collaboration." We'll have to wait and see how this new chapter plays out.