For the past few years, retro runners from the 1990s have become popular. You have the Gel Lyte III and V from Asics, you have the EQT line from adidas, and you have the Air Max series from Nike. For the latter, another underrated runner that has been getting attention lately is the Air Huarache Run.
It’s amusing to see how they have become popular these days, considering they were nearly a flop back in the 90s for their unusual design. Designer Tinker Hatfield (who also designed dozens of iconic Nike sneakers including the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, and Air Jordan 3), shared that the Huarache took inspiration from water-skiing shoes and Mayan sandals.
Being one of the few Nike models to be devoid of the iconic Swoosh logo, the Aur Huarache makes use of a neoprene bootie and a rubber exoskeleton to give it a sock-like fit. Don’t be surprised if these fit a bit tighter than usual; that’s because they are designed that way.
As a 90s kid, it was a no-brainer for me to grab a pair. Lucky for me, I got these “Blue Jay” Air Huarache Runs for less than SRP at Urban Athletics in Greenbelt 3. Even if they really hug my feet (because of its design), these are really comfy to use, especially when you have to run errands left and right.
Being true to its 90s roots, this particular pair has a funky color blocking, with a mix of blues and violets to the shoe, along with the usual white and black found on the toecap, heel exoskeleton, and midsole. I honestly love the unusual color blocking, especially since they best epitomize 90s culture.
It’s a tricky question, to be honest: If you are into retro runners, the Air Huarache is a good starting point as there are really comfortable even if their tech is kinda dated. However, if you are off about the color blocking, it’s better to wait out future releases, as Nike will more or less release different variants of the Air Huarache, in both original and modern (ie the Ultra BR models) versions in the future.