The Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day” first releases back in 1997, hot on the heels of a wildly popular movie with a strikingly similar name. Now, Nike is rumored to be rehashing the iconic color scheme twenty-five years later.

Nike’s Air Force 1 is as essential to the brand’s history as Michael Jordan, Tinker Hatfield, and Air technology. Originally developed in the 1980s for the basketball court, and produced in high, mid, and low-top iterations, the Air Force has remained one of the most popular shoes on earth nearly 40 years after its debut. So, as Nike prepares to celebrate the shoe’s upcoming fortieth anniversary in 2022, it comes as no surprise that they’d reach back into the archives to re-release some interesting executions of the AF1. This week, we have an early look at one of these releases, which rehashed the Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day” twenty-five years after it originally launched. Still as stylish as ever, the Independence Day AF1 features a white leather construction with striking metallic blue patent leather overlays. When paired with the shoe’s jewel Swoosh and red Nike branding, the result is one of the most unique-looking Air Force colorways ever made. Luckily, we may finally be able to get our hands on a pair next year.


Nike has not yet officially announced any release regarding the 1997 “Independence Day” Air Force 1 Mid, though the appearance of early images suggest we will see them sometime closer to Summer 2022. Featuring metallic blue patent leather, this AF1 Mid will likely come with an elevated price tag of $130 or more, releasing from both Nike and select retailers. Check out the early images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.

UPDATE 4/15/22: Nike has finally announced the release of the Independence Day AF1 Mid, slated for release later this month on April 28th. The classic USA colorway will be available from both Nike and select retailers, with a price tag of $140.

UPDATE 3/15/21: Nike’s official images of the “Independence Day” Air Force 1 mid have surfaced online, showing the premium style in full details. However, no details surrounding the shoe’s actual release have been unveiled yet, and we are still expecting them to launch sometime in Spring 2022.

Nike Air Force 1 Mid “Independence Day”
Release Date: April 28th, 2022
Price: $140
Color: White/Varsity Red-Midnight Navy
Style Code: DH5623-101

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