Five years ago in 2007 Nike had special plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Air Force 1. Throughout the year a slew of special Air Force 1’s were released, along with a revised version of the sneaker named the Air Force XXV. This version of the classic featured revised dubrays, uppers, as well as redone midsoles that had the air unit’s exposed similar to the Air Max lineup. As well as the newly rehashed sneaker Nike created versions of the regular Air Force 1 with the modified exposed air units seen on the rear of the midsole as well.
Even with all the special edition sneakers released throughout 2007, Nike kicked off the 25th year of the Air Force 1 with the most special version they could think of. Two high-end makes of the sneaker were created that were hand-crafted in Italy. One version was made from Brown crocodile leather and the other from White anaconda leather. Both makeups were adorned with gold additions seen on the dubrays, special hangtags and on the lacetips. These beautifully made Air Force 1s were coupled with special edition shoetrees and packaging, and limited to only 200 pairs of each. Due to their exotic materials and a production time more than double of any other Air Force 1, these extremely rare Lux versions carried a price tag of more then $1500.
Over the years Nike has created a variety of special Lux packs, as seen here, but this two-some has been the most extravagant to date. Now in 2012 the Air Force 1 is celebrating it’s 30th year, will Nike be heading to Italy for some more special editions of the sneaker? Only time will tell.