It’s hard to talk about a trainer release from our era that’s not either had a retro re-release or has been treated to Nike’s famous Vintage off-white sole, let alone one that is as rare and more sought-after than the Nike Air Huarache. First released in 1991 at the height of the running heyday, the iconic runner was designed to mimic old Native American sandals by the same name.
The foot-hugging sock was the main focus and Nike weren’t going to hide that from anyone, and so they made sure that the final design showcased it off as much as possible. With a combination of stretchy neoprene and spandex, both materials that were heavly used at the time (maybe you can remember Mr. Motivator?), the sock literally hugged your foot supplying a ‘Huarache fit’. The fit was further complimented with a thermoplastic heel strap, which was presented in a full range of very bright colourways, just like the 90’s era itself.
It wasn’t just the upper that was new to Nike, the sole was moulded to create as much cushioning as possible with flexible ridges along the forefront of the foot, similar to what we now see featured on silhouettes from the Nike Free series. With the Emerald Green/Gold colourway sitting upon a Free-soled hybrid last year, we now see two original colourways welcomed back for 2013, 22 years after they were last released.
The white/sport turquoise/university gold and white/game royal/dynamic colourways will be available in sizes 5 – 12 (UK) from all size? stores and online next Friday (22nd February), priced at £85.00.