Have you hugged your foot today? That was the questions posed to runners by Nike as they launched the now infamous Huarache. Inspired by the Pre-Columbian sandal and water skiing the lightweight running shoe striped away the accents and embellishments of a typical sneaker and instead leaned in heavily on the technology.
A blend of Lycra and Neoprene crated a whole new world of runners for Nike. The first silhouette showed up in 1991. In 1992 the first Air Flight Huarache marked the beginning of Nike’s technical lightweight Neoprene success through multiple silhouettes.
Nike also brought out the Air Huarache International in 1992 and the newly re-released Air Trainer Huarache with the midfoot strap to lock down your foot. Other models in 1992 included the Air Tech Challenge Huarache and the Air Dynamic Flight (while not a Huarache the technology was still used). 1993 saw Nike take a step to make this lightweight shoe even lighter with the Air Huarache Light. In 1994 the Air Trainer Huarache the trainer saw even more of a midfoot lockdown. Nike went quiet with the Huarache for a decade.
The Nike Huarache showed up again in the early 2000’s and again in 2011-2012 we saw the Huarache Free. Now the Huarache is again a staple for every sneakerhead and comes dressed in classic colorways like the all-black Huarache or the all-white Huarache.
We have a full family of sizes for the staple shoe and colorways that will please anyone in a crowd. Recently we have also seen the Huarache City come into play with colors ranging from Total Orange to Black/ Igloo. The Huarache Drift kept the technology but changed the lacing system to truly hug your foot.
We’ve seen Premium iterations with zippers and Swooshes to Flax colors in suede uppers. Except the unexpected when it comes to new Nike Huarache releases.