Why is there a shortage of Nike Air Force Ones?

Nike has been taking all kinds of steps to ensure that there’s enough product for everyone, but now it seems like they’re protecting one of their best selling silhouettes.

In screenshots shared by @Militia_kicks, it seems like Nike is limiting the amount of Air Force 1’s customers can buy online because, well, no one knows. It’s not like they’re limited edition drops or even facing a shortage of stock, but apparently one customer exceeded his AF1 purchases and another was directed to retailers that would have them in stock.

Huh?! What part of the game is this? Also, who the hell buys hella Air Force 1’s?

The news comes on the heels of another screenshot being shared in which Nike informed stores that they would be canceling their orders for the 2021 Holidays and beyond as there seems to be a shortage of product to be had. Coupling this news with the fact that many highly anticipated releases have been pushed back and it seems like the sneaker game is about to go through some hard times as collectors and hypebeasts will be forced to wait to satisfy their itch to copp new kicks.

Where things go from here will be anyone’s guess at this point but the way things are looking, it’s going to be crazy times in the sneaker community for the foreseeable future.

Delays and cancellation of sneakers due to COVID over the past 18 months have left sneakerheads even more short-handed than ever before. With Nike’s supply and demand model already geared to unattainable levels, the global pandemic surely shifted the supply even further out of tilt to the overwhelming market demands. But as per CNBC via S&P Global Market Intelligence, things could be getting much, much worse.

Two of Nike’s biggest suppliers in Vietnam – Chang Shin Vietnam Co. and Pou Chen Corp. – have halted production due to the country’s worsening COVID crisis. With the two factories in Vietnam currently producing approximately half of the total Nike branded footwear, a global shortage in sneakers is inevitable — again.

Why is there a shortage of Nike Air Force Ones?

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‘The health and safety of our teammates, as well as that of our suppliers, remains our top priority,’ a Nike spokeswoman told CNBC via an emailed statement.

With no date yet set for reopening, Nike may well have to look to other global suppliers to share the load.

‘We continue to work with our suppliers to support their efforts in response to the dynamic and unprecedented nature of COVID-19. As we continue to navigate these circumstances, we expect our suppliers to prioritize the health and livelihoods of their employees and continue to comply with legal requirements and the Nike Code of Conduct on the provision of wages, benefits, and severance. We are confident in Nike’s ability to navigate these near-term dynamics and we remain prudent in our planning.’

Nike will not be the only brand affected by the nation’s factory closures, but with the proportions produced and the brand’s already highlighted supply and demand shortfalls, the happenings in Vietnam will surely alter the future for both brand and consumer.

While we’re all familiar with the fact that supply chain issues and shortages have been rife over the past year, it seems that today things have stepped up a notch after a user shared images of an email they allegedly received from Nike. The email in question states that the Swoosh brand now has a quantity limit on the well-loved Nike Air Force 1, meaning consumers will only be able to purchase a limited amount of these sneakers before further orders are cancelled.

In the past, Air Force 1s have always been readily available, as they’re easily one of the most popular sneaker choices and have been since their inception in 1982. This news might come as a shock to many, as plenty of us like to keep our AF1s fresh and go through several pairs a year, however it really is no surprise considering how hard to come by pairs have been in the past year. Keep it locked in right here for more on this story as it unfolds and all the latest news in the sneaker world such as your first look at the brand-new Union LA x Air Jordan 2 colourway!

Why is there a shortage of Nike Air Force Ones?
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Sportswear giant Nike says it is facing shortages and delays to store deliveries due to issues with its supply chain. The problem will affect Nike shoes until next spring. The company is grappling with a shortfall of workers in Asia and disruption to shipping taking the shoes to the rest of the world.