March sees the release of yet another hybrid from Nike, this time in the form of the Air Huarache Free B-Ball. Featuring the same Free sole unit as that used on the Huarache Free 2012 that dropped the other week, the Huarache Free B-Ball, which as the name would suggest is build for use on the court, is a modern take on 1992’s Air Flight Huarache and is a silhouette that’s split opinions here at the size? office.
The original Air Flight Huarache (minus the Free sole) was designed by Nike design guru Tinker Hatfield who set out on a mission to conjure up a basketball specific silhouette like nothing ever seen before. Using a Mayan sandal (of all things) for inspiration, the result was not initially well received. People weren’t convinced it could perform on the courts because of it’s lack of a decent ankle support and the fact it looked more like a sandal than a basketball shoe, however, in time, and after some clever marketing from Nike, it became a hit and gained a decent following of fans (particularly State side) who favoured it’s lightweight/stripped back design and eye-catching colourway.
As hybrids go this one appears to make sense, the Free sole unit combines well with the retro looking upper and the OG colourway finishes things off nicely. An exact release date is still be to confirmed, but you can expect to see both colourways in size? stores and online sometime in March