Supermodel and Nike brand ambassador Bella Hadid recently got together with Footwear News for a special shoot showcasing all five of the Swoosh’s Air Force One AF100 collaborations. Nike’s new AF1 project in turn acts as a celebration of the sneaker’s 35th anniversary, centered around the famed white-on-white colorway.
In addition, Bella can be seen gracing the cover of Footwear News‘ annual sneakerhead issue, as the publication admits she “might not be an obvious fit as an Air Force 1 frontwoman, but if Hadid had it her way, she would probably be in sneakers,” as opposed to strutting down the runway for the likes of Versace, Fendi and Marc Jacobs in a pair of heels.
“I would pair them with everything,” Hadid told FN. “I’ve worn sneakers with a gown, with a short dress, a long dress, sweatpants, tracksuits, shorts. You could wear them with anything.” And while the 21-year-old beauty has been all about sneakers for years, she does however remember the moment she became hooked. “Growing up, when I figured out you could customize shoes online, that was my No. 1 thing — and Air Force 1 was always my go-to,” she said. “I started to love the low-tops, but in high school, I was obsessed with the high-tops.”
For their special AF100 collab, Nike has tapped five influential individuals to rework the iconic silhouette. There are pairs from Travis Scott, Virgil Abloh, Don C, Roc-a-Fella’s Kareem “Biggs” Burke and ACRONYM’s Errolson Hugh.
Hadid, who is friends with a number of the collaborators, admitted it’s tough to pick a favorite out of the five Forces. She is, however, partial to a couple of looks. “I think everyone knows I love Virgil,” Bella admitted. “His shoe is so personal, it’s so distinct, and it’s such a different shoe than you necessarily see all the time because of how personal it is.”
She also went on to add, “And I love Travis’. It reminds me so much of him — it has the grills on it and the Swoosh. I think it’s so cool how you can replace them.”
To see Bella modeling Nike’s AF100 entries, scan through the gallery above, then look below to go behind the scenes with Hadid during her Footwear News shoot.
Also, follow here for more on the five celebratory Air Force 1s.
Now watch Bella Hadid flex her Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Jordan 1s while sneaker shopping with ‘Complex.’
- Source: Footwear News
- Photography: Eric T. White