Sitting here thinking about how best to introduce this classic fan-favourite amongst sneakerheads and plebs alike. I have come to the conclusion that no words are needed in all honesty. I could take you through the history and origins of this cult classic sneaker, with a horde of famous collabs and reimagining. From Yoon Ahn’s New Ambush and Fat Joe’s Terror Squad to Drake’s much-anticipated Certified Loverboy, slated to finally drop in December 2022 – maybe. Every little child and their granny can identify a Nike Air Force 1 without hesitation.
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As my birthday approached recently, I had no doubt what I would be gifting myself for surviving yet another earth tour around the sun. It could be nothing but a follow-up to my much beloved, Air Drippy I (Nike Air Max 90).
The only question was what sneaker to go for this time around. And additionally, how best to customise and make this classic unique to me. My first point of call was to head on over to the Nike app. Once there, I made a beeline for the Nike By You Section. Having seen the original highflyer with some rather tasty customisation options. There was no turning back and my heart was set. With my birthday coming quite early in Spring, my path was set in that regard as well, as I chose to go with a fun Spring theme.
Unlocked: Air Drippy II
Spring has sprung and the Air Dippy II is born – sporting some soft pastel colours and ushering in the spring with a look that transports you to cool summer evening walks on the promenade. The colour scheme of yellow, pink and turquoise just oozes freshness, like the smell of the first rains on dry, moisture-deprived soil.
The Nike By You option is truly a great and potent tool in the hands of the user. I chose to throw in some speckles of colour on the midsole, in keeping with the original Spring theme along with mismatched Swooshes and soles. This created a very unique and fun sneaker that now sits on the top shelf on my sneaker rack.
The Air Drippy line was not complete without the signature “Malume Drippy” tag and this one is no exception. The seven-character tag option on either side is a brilliant way to finish your design with a little imprint/message.
Performance and Quality
Much like the intro, there’s not much to be said that hasn’t already been said. When it comes to performance and quality, the Nike Air Force 1 brings it all. Always a great fit with great attention to detail.
I had about a week of the wear-in period, after which I felt the sneaker moulded itself to my feet and felt comfortable enough for everyday wear, even though we don’t do that over here.
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Air Drippy II x Nike Air Force 1 is a match made in heaven! A fun experience and an amazing result. The only downside is the long wait for international shipping. But believe me, once you receive that white custom box with the Nike By “insert your name”, it is impossible to not feel the wait was worth it. Opening that box, and seeing and holding your own unique sneaker creation is a feeling unlike any other.
I would without any hesitation, recommend checking out the Nike By You tool at least once in your lifetime. Play around and see what you come up with as you engage and unlock your imagination and creativity.
Feel free to tag me and share your designs with me on Instagram @malumedrippy. I can’t wait to see what weird and wonderful designs you come up with.
Nike Air Force 1 Custom/Air Drippy II
Spring has sprung and the Air Dippy II x Nike Air Force 1 is born - a match made in heaven! A fun experience and an amazing result.