The Air Force 1 is one of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes. Debuting in 1982, the Air Force 1 pays homage to the aircraft that carries the President of the United States, which has the same name. Interestingly enough, the Air Force 1 started off as a basketball shoe. It was the first basketball sneaker to feature a pocket filled with air in the heel for cushioning and support. They even used the slogan “Air in a Box” to market the sneaker.