A re-release many years in the making: The popular Nike Air Force 1 "Linen"

The Nike Air Force 1 Low "Linen" made waves in Japan over 20 years ago, now it's time for a return on a wide release scale.
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Without a doubt, one of the most iconic casual wear sneakers courtesy of Nike is their timeless Air Force 1 Low silhouette. The white ones hold a special place in the sneaker wardrobes of both men, women, and children everywhere. Although, the model has a multitude of vibrant and unique color variants available, to varying levels of exclusivity. One of the most sought-after and arguably best Air Force 1 Low looks is the "Linen" colorway.

At the turn of the new millennium, Nike made it their mission to tap into the Japanese market by elevating their brand to a new demographic who sought after their signature sneakers. One of their methods to help promote sneaker culture across Japan was by introducing the Nike Co.Jp (short for "Concept Japan") series.

By releasing limited-edition colorways exclusively in Japan, Co.Jp sparked a fascination with unique and exclusive footwear that would soon spread far beyond the shores of the Rising Sun. This phenomenon was later amplified by the SB line, which drew inspiration from the very same Co.Jp Dunks. Fast-forward to the present and many of these iconic sneakers are now being reissued as part of Nike's "Cult Classics" series, offering fans a chance to relive the magic of bygone eras.

The same rules apply to reintroducing the "Linen" Air Force 1 Lows to the masses. It was in 2001 when the "Linen" made its first appearance in the AF1 line as a Japanese exclusive, which in turn caused it to be one of the most sought-after Air Force 1 styles. Some 15 years later, Kith marked the grand opening of its Miami boutique with a special re-launch of a highly sought-after sneaker, previously out of reach for all but a select few.

The sleek, supple leather construction of this shoe exudes a sense of luxury, boasting a rich, sun-kissed hue that evokes the warmth of caramel. The iconic Swoosh logo, subtly highlighted in a gentle pink hue, adds a touch of whimsy to the design, elegantly tracing the contours of the lateral and medial sides. And fans do not need to worry about this elegant touch disappearing with the 2024 iteration of the Air Force 1 Low "Linen". It will even use the same SKU (stock-keeping unit) as its 2016 predecessor.

The Nike Air Force 1 "Linen" is poised for a major comeback.

The Air Force 1 Low "Linen" is set to debut on June 13th, exclusively through the Nike SNKRS app and select retail outlets. With an MSRP of $135, this limited-edition sneaker is sure to be a hot commodity like the editions that came before it.

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