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When the Nike Huarache first hit the market in 1991, it was accompanied by an ad that asked, “Have you hugged your foot today?”
Try one on and you’ll know why. Created by legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, the shoe utilizes unconventional materials like neoprene to create a more comfortable experience. The Huarache, inspired by waterskiing booties, incorporates a minimalist design, neoprene and spandex sock-like upper, and an exoskeleton of leather and plastic supports. The result: a shoe that hugs your foot.
Outrunning Its Legacy
Originally built for runners, a layered midsole and comfortable fit made the Huarache ideal for logging miles. They were even famously sponsored by world champion sprinter Michael Johnson. However, the Nike Huarache’s legacy extends beyond running. It didn’t take long before Nike adopted the futuristic design for the basketball court, creating the Nike Air Flight Huarache. Basketball players could now bring the neoprene comfort onto the hardwood, and superstars like Scottie Pippen and Kobe Bryant were quick to adopt the shoe for their game.
Add to that releases like the Nike Air Trainer Huarache, designed for working out, and it became clear that the Huarache wasn’t just a technical running shoe – it was a footwear icon.
A New Era of Huarache
Though it was created nearly 30 years ago, the Huarache isn’t mere history. The revival of ’90s styles has brought the Huarache back to the forefront of streetwear, and Nike continues to expand the Huarache cannon with models like the Nike Huarache Ultra and the Nike Air Huarache City.
Be sure to check Foot Locker’s selection of Nike Huaraches for men, women, and kids, and bring the iconic Huarache look to your sneaker game.