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Nike Air Alpha Force 88 Making COMEBACK in 2023!

By January 20, 2023Nike

Nike Air Alpha Force 88 - AAF88 - AIO BotSo, the Jordan Brand is not the only one in the habit of bringing back retros! And, although retro Jordans are pretty exciting, a blast from Nike’s past is legendary! But, one of the greatest sneaker comebacks is one that brings together Nike and Air Jordan history: the Nike Air Alpha Force 88!

Amongst all the sneakers Micheal Jordan wore in his past, not many remember this particular sneaker. However, if you are a true MJ fan, then you have to know the story behind the AAF 88 and its return in 2023.



Back on January 30th, 1988, Michael Jordan was facing off the New York Knicks – his first season after his injury. During the Chicago Bulls game against the Knicks, MJ stepped onto the court in a particular pair of Nike kicks. These sneakers were the Nike Air Alpha Force 88 in a colorway of White, University Red, Black, and Neutral Grey. this is one of the rare moments in NBA history when Michael Jordan wore a non-signature shoe on court.

It featured full-grain leather uppers all around the sneakers in a low-cut version and Polyurethane contoured footbeds. The sneaker anatomy was unlike any other Nike sneaker with a stability strap and ski-lock heels. Also, the sole units featured Air Sole units in the heel with solid rubber outsoles and stitched forefoots. 

But, in the year 1988, the Nike Alpha Force did not become a groundbreaking success. This all makes sense considering that, during that time, Tinker Hatfield was working on the Air Jordan 3. The Hatfield sneaker that, reportedly, saved the relationship between Nike and MJ. So, the AAF88 didn’t really stand much chance against a signature Air Jordan, right?

Nike Air Alpha Force 88


So, 35 years later in 2023, the Nike Air Alpha Force 88 is making a comeback. And, the best part is, they’re staying true to the 1988 design as much as possible. This year’s Nike retro also features a full-grain leather upper in a tri-tone colorway. Further details include perforated white leather panels on the toebox and collar and tonal stitching details.

Also, other details include accenting from the colorful eyelets, and corduroy collars. The Nike Air Alpha Force 88 also comes with piping around the panels on the rear end of the model and the sock liner. And, for more color, it has the famous tri-tone midsole with encapsulated Air units in the heel. But, the most important part of the AAF88 is the lockdown straps with NIKE branding like the original 1988 version!

Additional branding includes the AIR ALPHA FORCE motif on the tongue, printed insoles, and Swoosh branding on the midfoot. Finally, to tie it all together, it ends at a rubber outsole that comes in the same tri-color combo.

The release of the Nike Air Alpha Force 88 returns with the White, Black, and Grey (DZ6763-102) color scheme. And, we’re also getting another White, Fire Red, and Grey (DZ6763-101) colorway during the Summer of 2023. Both will have a retail price of $130. And, we will also get three SP colorways during the Fall of 2023 retailing for $140, including:

  • White Venom Green (DZ6763-100)
  • White, University Red, and Black (DZ4627-100)
  • Light Bone (FN6594-001)

So, keep it locked on our blog and Instagram @aiobot for more on the Nike Air Alpha Force 88. And, for more updates, news, and sneaker guides for the year 2023! Let this year be full of sneaker success!