December 19, 2006

Air Force 25, the Signature Shoe of Nike Basketball

Based on the original Air Force 1, this modern, sophisticated product evokes the heritage of the Force franchise and Nike Air technology.

BEAVERTON, OR. (December 19, 2006) – Nike is celebrating the 25th year anniversary of the Air Force 1 performance basketball shoe in a variety of ways including the launch of the new Air Force 25 (AF25). This signature shoe for Nike basketball will be available at retail nationally beginning December 26, 2006.

Based on the original Air Force 1, this modern, sophisticated product evokes the heritage of the Force franchise and Nike Air technology. Twenty-five years of basketball knowledge, history and player insights are built into the shoe. Nike designer Tracy Teague utilized that deep well of information – coupled with current technologic advancements in performance footwear – to craft the innovative AF25.

The shoe’s clear outsole reveals full length Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot combined with Max Air heel cushioning. The shoe will be offered in White/ White and Black/Black color ways with a suggested retail price of $175.00.

“Growing up I followed the history of the Air Force 1 and looked up to players that wore the AF1 on court,” said Indiana Pacers Center/Forward Jermaine O’Neal. “The new Air Force 25 has its roots in the past, but mixes in some new innovations for the future of the game.”

Nike athletes who were the first to debut the Air Force 25 on court in NBA games include:

Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns)
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz)
Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Emeka Okafor (Charlotte Bobcats) Jermaine O’Neal (Indiana Pacers)
Al Harrington (Indian Pacers)
Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns)
Nate Robinson (New York Knicks)
Zach Randolph (Portland Trailblazers)

About NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE)
Based near Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, which designs, markets, and distributes fine dress and casual shoes and accessories; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group.