Introduced 25 years ago by Nike legend Tinker Hatfield, the Nike Air Huarache has become one of Nike’s most successful designs. The unique silhouette was born out of the desire for a minimalist design in a period when sneakers were big, bulky and, at times, over designed. Recently, however, the eccentric and distinctively structured sneaker has been given a contemporary reboot with some fresh colourways and they’ve just landed on ASOS.
New in: Nike Air Huarache
By Sam Higgins, 20 February 2016
With a design so recognisable – even without the iconic swoosh – Nike has been able to maintain the core silhouette and simply update the materials and colours to bring consistently fresh cuts. First up is an all-black colourway for those who want the minimalism and comfort of the Huarache without bold hues of its lime green and purple counterparts.
For you braver sneaker heads, however, there's the purple option. As the shoe is purposely left structurally exposed, the violently violet neoprene has a chance to take centre stage. Textured parts of the upper are layered in varying black and purple material, contrasting with the block segments. Use the pop of colour to its fullest effect by a throwing it on with a monochrome ‘fit to give your sneakers the attention they deserve.
Finally, Nike bring a touch of zest to the Huarache, combining lime green details with a silver and blue neoprene upper. While bright green and blue tones can often produce a distorted colour combo, the lime of the strap actually draws the eye in and the added hints of the hue used sporadically in the stitching help create an aesthetically pleasing whole. Hints of silver on the front of the shoe bring out its breathable details, while also showcasing the different textures that create the unique silhouette.