Original Story (12/06/21): The Nike Air Force 1 will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022. The Bruce Kilgore-designed model was first introduced in 1982 as the first Nike basketball shoe to feature Air technology and has since become an internationally adored street icon. Nike will undoubtedly be bringing back classic AF1 colorways for the celebration, and it appears that one of them will be the Air Force 1 Mid CL “Independence Day.”

The Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day” originally released in 1997 and came in a patriotic white, red, and blue color scheme. It featured a white leather upper paired with blue pearlized leather for the overlays and strap. Red is incorporated on the branding, including the jewel Swoosh on the side panels, the Swoosh on the strap, and the Nike Air on the tongue tag and heel. Rounding out the design is a white midsole atop a translucent outsole. The design of the 2022 retro stays true to the OG release.

Grab a first look at the Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day” retro below. Expect these to drop sometime in 2022 on Nike.com and at select retailers. Stay tuned to Modern Notoriety as more news on Nike’s Air Force 1 40th anniversary celebration unfolds.

Nike Air Force 1 Mid QS “Independence Day”
Color: White/University Red-Midnight Navy
Style Code: DH5623-101
Release Date: April 28, 2022
Price: $140 USD

Update (04/15/22): The Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day” drops on April 28th on SNKRS alongside the “Ale Brown” colorway.

Update (01/17/22): Check out official images of the 2022 Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day” below. Stay tuned for release info.

First look photos:

Nike Air Force 1 Mid CL “Independence Day” (1997):