Nike Air Huarache Sneakers

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Famed Nike designer Tinker Hatfield has created many sneakers for Nike that are now considered classics. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, where on that list of iconic shoes, we find the Nike Air Huarache.

The Nike Air Huarache running shoes were first released in 1991 and were named, and in equal parts inspired, after the traditional Mexican sandals called Huaraches and Tinker Hatfield’s water skiing shoes. With a strong and clever marketing campaign and deviant sneaker design, the Nike Air Huarache became an instant success.

“Have You Hugged Your Foot Today?” was Nike‘s question to the public in 1992. The answer was lying in the design element of the Nike Air Huarache. The innovative neoprene and Lycra inner sock sleeve under the upper, was designed to stretch around the ankles. The inner sleeve acted more like a sock and this way molded or “hugged” your foot, providing a more snug and comfort fit without losing flexibility or dynamic.

The Phylon midsole contained two Nike Air units, one at the back and one at the front of the sole. There was no Nike swoosh, but minimal branding at the back of the heel and on the tongue. With its nontraditional and innovative aesthetics, the Nike Air Huarache was ahead of its time.

The combination of Nike’s Air unit trademark, Dynamic Fit, exoskeleton, leather and neoprene, is what made the Nike Air Huarache one the most comfortable and high performance sneaker to date.

Initially designed for running, the Nike Air Huarache set the standard for future models. Nike started releasing a number of trainers with Air Huarache technology applied to tennis shoes and basketball sneakers throughout the 1990’s.

Models released under the Huarache-family were the Huarache Air Flight, Air Huarache International, Air Huarache VT, Air Huarache Light, Air Huarache Plus, Air Huarache Triax, Cross Trainer, and the high-spec Racer models followed, all equipped with the inner sleeves.

Since its introduction, more than 20 years ago, the Nike Air Huarache aesthetics and technology is still prominent today. The design is timeless and has also become one of the most comfortable shoes Nike has made.

The last retro release of the Nike Air Huarache OG was in February 2013, but no doubt these classic sneakers will be making a return in the future.

Nike Air Huarache OG Retro – Emerald/Resin
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Nike Air Huarache OG Retro – Royal Blue/Pink
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