Everyone likes to be like Michael Jordan, alright. Or Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade. But does anyone have love for Rasheed Wallace? Not too many, I suppose. Nobody in the NBA right now can be as old school as the Detroit’s modern-day Bad Boy – technical fouls and all. It starts with the shoes.



Wallace has been known to wear Nike Air Force 1 shoes every single game. As an unofficial endorser, he is a descendant to legends Moses Malone and Charles Barkley – two equally menacing NBA characters in their own (pun intended) league – who have worn and endorsed the Air Force 1s. It is one of Nike’s more popular line of shoes, thanks largely to a cult following from hip-hop artists and retro sneaker connoisseurs.

The Air Force 1 was designed by Bruce Kilgore and was endorsed by Malone along with Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes, Bobby Jones, Mychal Thompson, and Calvin Natt – players that don’t really register as high-flyers or prolific scorers but were more known as defensive specialists.

A quarter of a century after the Air Force 1 came out in 1982, Nike is bringing back its prized shoe from the streets into the hard court. Its latest campaign, dubbed The Second Coming, showcases a new line called Air Force 25 and designed by Tracy Teague.

The white color of the iconic white-on-white AF1 shoe has been made richer and more vividly white by using a 10A full grain leather finish. The laces of each AF1 shoe have been refined and stain guarded; re-crafted cushioned inserts have improved the quality of the collar lining and the tongue. The general comfort of the shoe has been elevated by improving cushioning in the heel, the cupsole, and the footbed.

And yes, you must’ve seen Nike’s newest commercial by now, which gathers some of the more popular NBA superstars like Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce and Lebron James, endorsing the shoe. But where’s Rasheed?

From January 25 to February 8, Air Force Space will run at the Manila DJ Club located at The Fort in Taguig City. A collection of unique models of Air Force 1’s will be up on display from key collectors.

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