this was talked about in the movie, Just for Kicks.
Low-top air force ones are also very popular as fashion sneakers, because the shoe has a clean, classic design, and the all-white low tops or all-black low tops can be had for $80 a pair, and several sneaker customizers, including famous graffiti artists like STASH and futura2000, use the air force one sneakers as a blank canvas to design new things.
also referred to as uptowns, G-Nikes, nike airs, uppies, harlems, baltimores, forces, and air forces, etc.
person 2 - i went out to the bay, HUF San Francisco did a collabo with nike and i thought they looked fresh.
person 1 - word dude, i wish i could afford nikes the way you sneakerhead niggas can!
Uptowns, we call 'em uppies when they on divas
prolly worn when KRS-One teaches
Nas, made you look before the haters
i bet you Kan had 'em on when he walked with jesus
- Rakim in Classic (Better than I've Ever Been) made to celebrate 25 years of the Air Force Ones.