Stylish Olympians: The ‘Medal Stand’ Air Force 1 Low – XXX Anniversary

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

The Olympics medal stand is the pinnacle of achievement, proving an individual has bested the world's most talented competitors in their respective field. Fittingly, Nike has decided to outfit the American winning medalists with a pair of the 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Lows.

The first ever basketball shoe to feature Nike Air-Sole units for cushioning, the AF1 was originally released in 1982. Thirty years after its birth, the footwear icon is modernized with a reflective upper to celebrate the medal stand look. Inscribed on the left and right foot insole reads “land of the free,” and “home of the brave” respectively.

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

I got to wear these in yesterday and they’re pretty awesome. The first thing I noticed was the reflective material on the top… or maybe you don’t. There’s this subtlety to the material, which only in specific lighting the shoes appear to glow, it’s really fantastic. When I think about the future, it’s subtleties like that which come to mind. It’s not like you’re wearing dorky, glowing shoes, these are well thought out pieces of design which sit on your feet.

The other thing that really stood out to me is the transparent sole which makes them even cooler, in my mind. It gives the shoe a lightness, almost like you’re walking on air or light. Thankfully though there are no LEDs in the bottom of the shoe, making it look like you’re a grown-up toddler.

The shoes are being released today in the UK and I think around Europe, and then released here in the U.S. next week.

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

Stylish Olympians: The 'Medal Stand' Air Force 1 Low - XXX Anniversary

Bobby Solomon

July 27, 2012 / By

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