Summary

We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the buyers were pleased with the Air Flight Huarache Ultra's comfortable fit and feel.
  • Out of a handful of reviewers, one thought the mesh used on the toe cap was durable and thicker. 
  • Most were attracted by the Nike Air Flight Huarache Ultra’s unique and modern look. They also liked that this shoe displayed minimal branding.
  • This version was considered lightweight and breathable by most of the users.
  • “Dope”, “cool” and “awesome” were words commonly used by satisfied consumers to describe this sneaker’s silhouette.
  • The Nike Air Flight Huarache Ultra felt comfortable out of the box, with or without socks, others observed.
  • According to a few user reviews, this shoe offered good ankle support and traction.
  • Several colorways are being sold at a discounted rate.
  • This product is available in a variety of color schemes.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Out of the few reviews collated about this shoe, one buyer thought the price tag of $130 was too much for this sneaker.
  • Others preferred the old design over this shoe’s slimmed down, modernized silhouette.

Bottom line

Despite the lack of marketing campaigns, user reviews, and on-feet videos, the Nike Air Flight Huarache Ultra still caught the attention of Nike fans and is steadily gaining popularity. Those who witnessed its preview were enthralled with its unconventional, minimalist design.

Reasonably-priced, folks who have bought the shoe at its original retail rate were pleased with its comfort level as well as its aesthetics. A significant number, however, choose to resist to buy this underrated product and prefer to purchase it at a marked down price.

Facts

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Originally created as a hoop shoe, the Air Flight Huarache Ultra’s cleatie-like upper provides adaptive fit without compromising support. Built for men, these kicks are available in sizes 6-15. It commonly runs true to size.

Unusual and distinct, the Air Flight Huarache Ultra’s design surely is an acquired taste. Those who do appreciate its beauty gain recognition for the shoe’s unique yet modern and fashion-forward aesthetics.

This lifestyle sneaker is available in neutral and vibrant tones. All of which can be paired with tapered jeans and cuffed joggers.

Overhauled to adopt the brand’s famous Ultra construction, this casual shoe is made of neoprene from midfoot to heel and a Jacquard knit toe box. These provide enhanced breathability and durability. The bottom features Nike’s lightweight Ultra midsole and a durable “flex-bottom” outsole. The former offers responsive cushioning while the latter provides multi-directional traction.

To complete the look, the familiar Huarache leather heel cage with cut-out ankle detailing is added. These offer additional support, stability, not to mention improved ventilation.

Water skiing footwear and basketball shoes do not have much in common. Tinker Hatfield, known for his creative and ingenious ideas, however, thought otherwise. Happy with how much neoprene water ski shoes felt on foot, Hatfield wanted the same comfort on a basketball shoe. This brilliant idea led to the creation of a timeless classic, the Nike Air Flight Huarache.

Prior to becoming a hoop shoe, the Huarache was first seen in the form of a runner. Launched in the year 1991, the sneaker was made of a mix of Lycra and neoprene fabric. Lightweight and stripped off the famous “Swoosh” branding, its never-before-seen design drew a lot of oohs and ahhs from avid Nike supporters.

A year after, the Air Flight Huarache was born. Crafted with leather and neoprene, players tired of bulky and heavy b-ball shoes were pleased with its lightweight construction. Among those who were captivated with its unique qualities were Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson and Chris Webber, popularly known as Michigan Wolverine’s Fab Five.

Over the years, the Huarache has been revamped and outfitted with various materials, shapes and colors. For the year 2017, we witnessed how this shoe's classic silhouette evolved into something modern and futuristic. Reinvented to meet modern-day consumers’ needs and demands, the Nike Air Flight Huarache has also been given the Ultra treatment.

Making its presence known in April 2017 and released a month after, the Nike Air Flight Huarache Ultra sported the classic Lyon Blue and Bold Berry colorway. It also carried the famous heel caging. Unlike its predecessors, this rendition showed off a reworked, translucent outsole and a lightweight midsole as well as an upgraded lacing system.

  • For a secure and snug fit, a no-tie, drawstring lacing system is added. This includes two-toned rope laces.
  • The neoprene inner sleeves and padded insoles improve the Nike Air Flight Huarache Ultra’s in-shoe feel.
  • Other distinguishable features are the enlarged tongue and the subtle Nike branding found on the leather heel tab.
  • Some of the models display an N7 logo on the lateral side. These editions are included in Nike’s N7 Collection for the year 2017. Established to celebrate Native American and Aboriginal heritage, this collection supports the N7 fund. N7 fund was organized in 2009 with the aim to provide grants as well as sports and physical programs to communities of Native American and Aboriginal origin.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com