Last July, images of Drake-tweaked Nike Air Force 1s, designed in conjunction with the release of the Canadian rapper’s sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, did the rounds on social media. Perhaps most notable was how closely they adhered to the OG AF1, with a few subtle updates, including a repeating heart pattern on the soles.
Those shoes leaked before Drake announced his first Nike collab, the Nocta Hot Step Terra, which released this year, and little was seen of the AF1s again. With multiple releases of the funkily futuristic Terras, it seemed that the other sneaks had been forgotten about. Indeed, with Drake’s Certified Lover Boy releasing last autumn and a new album (Honestly, Nevermind) burning up the charts this summer, it seemed that Drake had put his shoes on the back-burner. One Twitter user confidently proposed that “Nike delayed them because the little hearts on the bottom were hard to make.”
Now the sneakers are generating some buzz once again. Yesterday official images courtesy of Nike surfaced, which again got Drake’s sneaker-mad fans questioning when and if the kicks would ever drop. The upcoming pairs sport clean “Triple White” colorway, tumbled leather uppers and signature gunmetal lace dubraes.
At least one shoe still has “Love You Forever” embossing on the rubber midsoles in place of the traditional “AIR” text, and Nocta’s three-star logo now sits on the left heel tab. Collaborative co-branding can be found on the baby blue insoles, while metal-tipped laces can be adorned with cube letter bead attachments. Because why not?
There’s no official release date yet, but it bears noting that Certified Lover Boy—the inspiration for these shoes in the first place—turns one on September 3rd. Keep an eye out then.
This story originally ran on British GQ with the title “Your first official look at Drake’s NOCTA x Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Certified Lover Boy’”