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  • Writer's pictureOmar Powell

The NOCTA x Air Force 1 is an Homage to Drake's Mother

Until I find the only words I know that you ...

When Drake boldly proclaimed he'd been hot since the birth of his son as the opening line to Certified Lover Boy's "Champagne Poetry", he was correct. Since those words in September 2021, we've seen Nike x Drake's NOCTA division continue to pick up steam thanks to seasonal drops and the Hot Step silhouette which grabbed its influence from an ACG cult classic. But much like Drake's first ventures with the Swoosh under Jordan Brand, we find the artist's touch on a mainstream classic; previously it was the Air Jordan 4, 8, 10 and 12 Retros – this time ... in 2022, it's the Air Force 1. While in the midst of a banner 40th anniversary, Bruce Kilgore's design gets a bit of a tweak, but still keeps the integrity of the original design language.

Releasing in the beloved 'Triple White' palette, the 'CLB' or 'Love You Forever' NOCTA AF1 boldly personifies Drake's love for his mother, Sandra Graham. "Sandra's rose" dedicated this Air Force 1 to her and his favorite childhood book. Sporting a tumbled leather body, the AF1's signature embossed stars have been converted into hearts, befitting the theme. And the signature AIR cut out on the lateral midsole has been removed for the phrase "Love You Forever" after the 1986 children's book.

Additionally, the silhouette comes with the NOCTA insignia on the left heel and printed on the insole. The packaging is a muted and calming baby blue with a hint of gold script – while the shoe itself comes with an extra set of laces and full alphabet beaded lacelocks.

Release is scheduled between December 1st and 2nd for overseas retailers with a US release to follow shortly behind.

NOCTA x Nike Air Force 1 "Love You Forever"

White/White-White CZ8065-100 12. 2. 22. (European release)


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