Once upon a time, sneakers were seen as a faux pas, especially when it came to women sporting them over a classic pair of stilettos or patent Mary Janes. These days, however, the trainer has become a cult item just like the rest, keeping pace with other in-demand accessories. Now that comfort is everyone’s style priority post-pandemic, women everywhere have embraced the effortless white sneaker—specifically, Nike’s iconic Air Force 1.
Though it’s now the go-to shoe of it-girls, style stars, and editors the world over, this sneaker was originally considered the shoe of inner-city teens, particularly popular in Harlem, New York. After being re-released in 1986, the beloved shoe was rebranded with a swoosh and the modern Nike logo—two motifs noticeable to any well-trained eye. Thanks to rappers like Nelly (who dominated the early ’00s with his song “Air Force 1s”), the sneaker has since been the subject of numerous designer collaborations, and now has a forever home in the closets of most.
Ahead, we scoured social media for chic outfits that feature Air Force 1s at the forefront. From models on the street style circuit to influencers we can’t stop watching, below are a multitude of ways to style the classic sneaker throughout any season.