Vancouver's Nordstrom to launch shoe-customization studio for Nike Air Force 1's 35th birthday

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      Whether you know it as the kick of choice by your fave players on the court or the subject of Nelly’s infectious track of the same name, Nike’s Air Force 1 (or AF-1) remains one of the brand’s most recognizable releases among casual shoe lovers and sneakerheads alike.

      To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the shoe—which, yes, takes its moniker from the plane the President of the United States takes—Nordstrom Pacific Centre (799 Robson Street) is setting up a “Make Your Mark Pop-up Design Studio” from January 19 to 21, where shoppers who purchase a pair of Air Force 1s can customize the shoe.


      Situated within the Nordstrom x Nike women’s lifestyle shop (sorry, boys: only women’s shoes are available here), the studio will be equipped with materials that allow for dip-dyeing, stamped printing, metallic swooshes, custom engraving, and more, so wearers can personalize their kicks to their preferences.

      Vancouver is one of only four cities in which the shoe-customization experience will be offered. Designed by Bruce Kilgore and released in 1982, Nike’s Air Force 1 was the first shoe to use Nike Air technology. It comes in low, mid, and high-top versions. To celebrate the product’s 35th birthday, Nike has commissioned limited-edition Air Force 1 collabs with figures such as Travis Scott, Roc-A-Fella Records, and streetwear label Off-White.