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Nike Air Huarache: The One That Got Away

Your older sister or brother probably had them, and you wanted them. They were bold and went with everything. Well, you didn’t get them and you were disappointed for a while. But you moved on. That is, until you saw the Huarache again around 2014.

Bold and Unique

Originally released in 1991 as a running shoe, the Nike Air Huarache is back as a part of the Nike Sportswear line.

The Huarache silhouette is popular with men and women and originally was released as a men’s and women’s running shoe. It fit well, even without laces, so it soon was renowned as comfortable. It may look heavy alongside popular running shoes today, but when it was first released it was seen as a revolution and a departure from typical shoe design.

A New Design

Designer Tinker Hatfield had a long run of popular designs before creating the Huarache in the early ’90s. Coming off the designs of early Jordans, sneaker design was beginning to evolve.

Hatfield wanted the Huarache to be stripped of extra details. The upper was minimal and featured cutouts that revealed an inner neoprene sock. Even the Nike Swoosh was removed. The result was a lightweight, smooth shoe with a unique look. This minimalist approach was initially inspired by the “huarache,” a Native American sandal.

The ’90s Are Back

Bold throwback style is the real appeal of the Huarache. Perfect to pair with joggers and leggings, now is the right time to get the Huarache if you haven’t already.

But why did these styles come back now? Mostly, it’s nostalgia. The Huarache brings to mind ’90s style that we did or did not have when it first released. Children of the ’90s remember parents and older brothers and sisters who had the Huarache – now they can have it.

The Slimmed-Down Huarache

The Huarache Ultra is a slimmed-down, lightweight version of the classic. Featuring breathable mesh and lightweight materials, the Ultra offers a modern take on the Huarache’s iconic silhouette. The Ultra is made to stretch and flex easily with every step.

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