Profile of the Nike Air Darwin

The Nike Air Darwin made its debut in 1994 and was worn by Dennis Rodman during his stint with the San Antonio Spurs. After a hybrid release in 2012 (Nike Air Max Darwin 360), Nike finally decided to release these basketball shoes in full retro form.

The Nike Air Darwin Retro features the original speed lacing system, Max Air unit, and rugged traction pattern to deliver an authentic on-court style. Distinct colorways and materials also provide a fresh take on this classic silhouette.


Cushion. These high-top basketball shoes from Nike feature an Air Max unit that delivers a responsive and well-cushioned ride.

Traction. The Nike Air Darwin High is equipped with a sturdy rubber cupsole for increased durability. The full-length rubber cupsole features a rugged traction pattern that provides superior grip on both the hardwood and blacktop.


Length and Width. These high-top Nike basketball shoes are advertised as being true to size. A reviewer also suggests getting your actual size when ordering a pair.

Lockdown. The Nike Air Darwin Retro sports a high-cut collar for increased ankle support. Padding around the ankle collar also ensures a comfortable fit.

These Nike basketball shoes also feature a speed lacing system. The speed lacing system allows wearers to quickly and easily lace up these shoes for a customized fit.


Staying in true 90’s form, these Dennis Rodman sneakers boast a full-leather upper construction. Tumbled/suede leather overlays and perforated leather underlays offer enhanced durability, support, and breathability.


The Nike Air Darwin’s high-top silhouette, chunky color blocking, and rugged aesthetic is a perfect example of how basketball shoes were designed back in the 90’s. Its leather upper, thick midsole, and rugged outsole make the Air Darwin a great all around sneaker.

These retro Dennis Rodman sneakers also echo all the original branding. It is one of a few Nike models that feature a reverse Swoosh logo.

Special Colorways of the Nike Air Darwin

Although Dennis Rodman wore these Nike basketball shoes during his time with the San Antonio Spurs, the Nike Air Darwin makes a return in 2018 in a Chicago Bulls-inspired mix of university red and black.

Each colorway of the Nike Air Darwin for sale features distinct materials to deliver a fresh take on this 90’s classic.

  • Black/Cone/Regency Purple
  • Black/White/University Red
  • Wheat Gold/Gum Medium Brown/Yellow Ochre/Black ‘Wheat’

Other hues have surfaced however there is no official word yet regarding their release. Check back with us for an updated list of the available colorways of these Dennis Rodman sneakers.


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.