Designed by Bruce Kilgore, the Air Force 1, was first released in 1982 but discontinued the following year before being reissued in 1986. It's now one of the top selling Nike shoes they've ever produced. Read more about Nike Air Force 1.
New sneaker technologies increase performance. Nike’s Air Force used little pockets of gas to create better cushioning. In 2005, Air Force 1s accounted for $1 billion in Nike sales, and a profit margin of 70 percent.