The Huarache arrived in the midst of a golden era at Nike, when bigger was better and bolder was best. The insanely fresh two-colour fusion accenting, thick rubber heel strap and lycra-lined neoprene collar made a provocative statement of futuristic intent. Mammoth midsoles with ‘AIR’ bumper plates and a coalition of silky mesh and synthetic ‘tumbled’ leather sealed the deal. No surprises then, to learn that the shoe was designed by none other than Tinker Hatfield! The booklet that came with the OG Huarache described it as ‘A radical departure from conventional shoe design’.
The actual concept was inspired by a water-skiing experience. Noticing how snugly the rubber booties conformed to the contours of his ankles, a lightbulb went off and another quintessential Hatfield hero was born. Along with the Sock Racer and the Mowabb, the Huarache became a key member of Nike’s fleet of stretchy-sock sneakers, an idealogical template that is still apparent today in models such as the Free Flyknit.
Fast forward to the present day and the Huarache is in demand overdrive leading to a rare situation of demand outweighing supply leading to pairs exchanging hands at up to double the retail value in the stores and shortages in stores mixed with late or cancelled deliveries to Nike stockists…….Contrary to all rumours and speculation, size? can announce Nike will be releasing the ‘Triple Black’ Air Huarache.
Built upon an all black sole and neoprene sock liner, the upper features synthetic nubuck panelling alongside a black heel cage. A lone white Huarache logo on the tongue sits in vast contrast to the stealth-like upper, emphasising the importance of the iconic logo.
The Nike Air Huarache ‘Triple Black’ will release online next Saturday (29th November) at 8am GMT via direct links on the size? Facebook and Twitter pages. They will also be available in all size? stores, priced at £85 in UK sizes 5.5 – 12 (including half sizes)
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