Matthew M. Williams to Release New Versions of Nike Air Force 1 Low

Air Force 1 Low & ALYX PriceReleaseStyleRetailer
white$1552023 Dec 15thFJ4908-100Nike
Air Force 1 Low & ALYX PriceReleaseStyleRetailer
black$1552023 Dec 15thFJ4908-001Nike

Despite no longer holding the majority stake in 1017 ALYX 9SM, also known as ALYX Studio, Matthew M. Williams, the designer from Illinois, continues to manifest his creative vision through the brand. In a recent development, Williams hinted at two collaborative projects with Nike Air Force 1 Low, further enriching his extensive portfolio of work alongside the iconic Swoosh logo.

In 2018, the current creative director of Givenchy introduced a unique version of the Air Force 1 High. While the design was minimalist in terms of color, it incorporated both 1017 ALYX 9SM and the iconic metal buckle associated with the brand, positioned on the tongue. Over time, this California-based designer has continued to reimagine Bruce Kilgore's legendary creation, experimenting with dual-tone finishes and high-quality constructions. Before the conclusion of 2023, Williams and Nike are preparing to unveil a subtle pair of sneakers that adheres to the same successful formula.

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At the start of the new year, a photo surfaced of the 38-year-old donning a distressed version of the Air Force 1 Low adorned with his own brand's name. While it appears that this particular sneaker will not be released, a forthcoming collaboration between the two parties will feature a similar low-top design. Matthew M. Williams' ALYX Air Force 1s come in either a monochromatic "White" or "Black" color scheme, with premium leather maintaining the original blueprint established by Kilgore in the early 1980s. Notable updates to Williams' rendition of the AF-1 include special silver lace dubraes and top eyelets on the shoe's side. Additionally, a subtle "Metallic Silver" shimmer can be found on the "1017 ALYX 9SM" text at the heel, with co-branding present on the tongue label and sockliners. In a subtle alteration, Williams removes one of the panels on the forefoot, resulting in a sleeker appearance for this iconic basketball shoe.

Feast your eyes on some up-close shots of the Air Force 1 duo by ALYX Studio above. While there's no official word on when or how they will be released, it's safe to say they will likely be available on Nike SNKRS in the near future. Previous collaborations between the designer and Nike have come with a hefty price tag of over $300 USD, so it's reasonable to expect that these Air Force 1 styles will be priced around $200 USD.