Elevated Excellence: AF-1 Takes it Up a Notch

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The AF-1 is about as innovative and fashion-forward as you can get. Nike is at the forefront of Fall/Winter 2017 with Air Force 1 “Elevated Excellence,” with a fresh take on how denim is done. They’re definitely doing it right, and for $200, you can do it too. Check out why Elevated Excellence will be the most talked about shoe of the season:

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Women’s Air Force 1 Upstep “Elevated Excellence”

Release Date: October 7, 2017

Retail: $200.00

Colors: December Sky, Binary Blue

Features: Denim textile wrap; Added outsole height; Suede detail

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Elevated Excellence Takes it Up a Notch

Elevated Excellence delivers the idea of classy-casual shoes in a way only Nike can. They’re the right mix of awesome and ostentatious, all while staying true to Nike’s roots. The AF-1 design shines through the release, and lends itself to a trendy interpretation of denim as a fashion staple.

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Nike is no stranger to experimenting with one of the most popular materials in fashion. Earlier this year, “Reese Denim” also made a splash by mixing light- and dark-wash denim.

Turned Up and Still Classic

The classic outsole stays true to the AF-1 design, but reaches new heights. The slightly taller sole almost reaches platform territory, but stays traditional to maintain the integrity of its original design.

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Elevated Excellence still delivers an jaw-dropping new look to the original AF-1. While the denim certainly gives the shoe serious flavor, its suede detail takes it up a notch. As seen in both December Sky (lighter colorway) and Binary Blue (darker colorway), the suede stays in the same shade family to enhance– rather than dominate- the overall look.

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The stitching detail also enhances rather than dominates. While denim is often seen with contrast stitching (mustard or brown thread), Elevated Excellence utilizes thread that matches the suede. Such a design keeps the lines clean and sedated, especially with heavy red sequin detail. The design stays true to its name, and elevates itself to a high-fashion status.

Undeniable 90’s Vibes

There are undeniable 90’s vibes emanating from Elevated Excellence. It taps into the year’s 90’s revival trend with its thicker outsole, light-wash denim, and big flower pattern.

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Don’t worry– they’re a far cry from the Spice Girl monster bootsLevi’s mom jeans, and Blossom’s infamous flower hat. Nike instead plucks the best from 90’s with Elevated Excellence, defining the shoe as a definite member of this decade.

Jump On It

Step up your style this season by adding the AF-1 Upstep “Elevated Excellence” to your wardrobe. Act fast, though, because this denim is undeniably hot this season.

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