There aren’t too many sneakers that managed to change the game immediately. The Nike Huarache, however, was one of them. Releasing in 1991 and designed by the legend himself, Tinker Hatfield, the Huarache not only changed the way we feel in our sneakers, it also went on to dominate much of the inspiration behind Tinker’s later designs, including some fabled Air Jordans.
You have to understand the history behind this one. You know how we’ve been celebrating the Nike Roshe Run as a timeless shoe over the past two years? How it’s flipped the game on its head and how everyone loves it simply because it is simple? How it’s been stripped down to just the bare essentials? Well, the Huarache was all of that. It just came 21 years earlier. At 9.5 ounces, it truly was ahead of its time and had everyone asking, “Have you hugged your foot today?”
Inspired by a water-skiing bootie and, amazingly, Mayan sandals, this shoe made waves with its patented neoprene sock liner and its emphasis on tech rather than the branding. Tinker and his crew toned down the Nike aesthetics and turned up the look of the technology behind it and immediately it had everyone from sprinter Michael Johnson to Jerry Seinfeld on TV rocking them. The Nike Air Mowabb and the Air Jordan VII followed down the road, direct descendants of the Huarache takeover, and ever since then the shoe’s impact has been felt in everything from runners to trainers to basketball shoes.
In the end, it has to be considered one of the most impacting silhouettes ever created, and tomorrow at Champs Sports you’ll be able to cop a few new colorways of the Huarache. These particular shoes are simple and yet stylish enough that I think you’ll start seeing them everywhere this winter. Plus, because of its legacy you know sneakerheads are going to eat it up.
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