Nike Lunar Force 1 (UK Release Info)

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Nike have modernised a classic with the introduction of the Lunar Force 1, bringing bucket loads of their technological developments to one of the most iconic shoe designs in history.

The Air Force 1 is without a doubt one of, if not the most recognised Nike silhouette of all time. It’s synonymous with a number of subcultures in different countries for different reasons and continues to reinvent itself from generation to generation without any change in the slightest. Here however, it has had a change, a little facelift to say the very least – it’s been given that Lunar treatment.

The idea of a Lunar Force 1 quite simply sounds stupid on paper. An unachievable pipe dream that would look like Frankenstein designed footwear instead of monsters. However, it is one of the best looking Lunar hybrids to have made it’s way out of the Nike camp. Somehow, they did it.

Dripping in technological materials, the Lunar Force 1 incorporates Lunarlon in the midsole and outsole, a Nike Zoom Air-Sole unit in the heel and Hyperfuse on the upper. Technically, it’s still very much an Air Force 1 as they haven’t even removed the Air, making it a Lunar Air Force 1? Either way, these new materials work wonders on the classic silhouette, aided by a slight reduction in size of the toebox and sole unit (much needed in our opinion), reducing the overall weight of this clumpy classic to a light 11.7 ounces (5.86 ounces lighter than the OG).

It’s a work of art. A thing of beauty. A modernist rendition of a classic shoe design, and the bleak white colourway allows the materials and technical updates to do all of the talking. The XXX sneaker jewels politely remind us of the AF1’s 30 years in the game, without overstating this and stealing attention from the Lunar. Crisp perfection.

The Nike Lunar Force 1 launches in the UK in limited numbers on Wednesday 12/12/12 at 1948, before making it’s way into NikeTown, Footpatrol and size? on the 15th December.

Christmas has come early for many.

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