Last July, images of Drake-tweaked Nike Air Force 1s, designed to coincide with the release of the Canadian rapper’s sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, made the rounds on social media. Perhaps most notable was how closely they stuck to the OG AF1, with a few subtle updates, including a repeated heart pattern on the soles.
Those shoes leaked before Drake announced his first Nike collaboration, the Nocta Hot Step Terra, which came out this year and not much was seen of the AF1s again. With multiple releases of the funky futuristic Terras, it seemed that the other sneaks had been forgotten. Actually with Drake’s Certified Lover Boy release last fall and a new album (Honestly, never mind) by burning up the charts this summer, it seemed like Drake had put his shoes on the back burner. One Twitter user confidently suggested that “Nike delayed them because the little hearts on the bottom were hard to make.”