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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Those who have tried the Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka confirmed that it felt really comfortable. One even said it was more comfortable than the Roshe Run.
  • Many thought the hits of leather on the back and the eyestay made the shoe more attractive.
  • Compared to the Nike Magista, this model looked better, one buyer revealed.
  • Only a few reviews were gathered and most disclosed that the woven material used for the upper was nice and durable. Another purchaser noted that it was not too stretchy and it kept the foot in place.
  • According to several reviews, the mid-top Air Footscape Desert Chukka was flexible and lightweight.
  • Its unique silhouette is definitely a head turner, many disclosed.
  • This sneaker fits true to size and offers plenty of wiggle room, a good number expressed. Some, however, chose a smaller size for a snug, more sock-like fit.
  • It is sold at a discounted price at selected stores.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Given that the material on this product was not as stretchy as other fabrics, some wearers revealed that the Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka was hard to put on.
  • The rainbow-colored versions were hard to pull off, a few remarked.

Bottom line

The Air Footscape Desert Chukka’s unique design is an acquired taste for many sneakerheads. Unconventional yet not as radical-looking as its siblings, fans worldwide had varying opinions about its overall aesthetics. Those, however, who didn’t care about what others would think were treated to a natural ride, not to mention superior comfort around the foot and underfoot.

Although a bit steeply priced, this shoe was perceived as worth every penny by those who have experienced it first hand. It was not only desired for its looks and comfort, but also for its durability, quality as well as the positive experience it gave its wearers.


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Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka History

The renowned Footscape was initially built for runners with wide feet. Designed by Tory Orzeck, it was introduced in the year 1996. Backed up by intensive studies conducted by Nike Sports Research Lab and Advanced Engineering Group, the shoe’s silhouette, recognized for its asymmetrical fastening system and air-encapsulated midsole, was among the most aerodynamic models during that period.

Fast forward to the year 2000; another one-of-a-kind silhouette was born. Designed by Mike Aveni and launched in Japan, the Nike Air Woven was known for its superior comfort and its adaptive fit.  

These two iconic products combined resulted in the creation of the Air Footscape Woven Chukka which made an appearance in the year 2006. Commonly perceived as an oddball among Nike creations for its bizarre silhouette, the brand, after seven years, saw it fit to make a version with a more subtle look.

Tagged as the Air Footscape Desert Chukka, this model ditched the familiar asymmetrical lacing system for a traditional lace-up closure. A mid-cut construction was also adopted for a more premium look. Avid fans, though, would compare this shoe with the highly-coveted 2002 Air Woven Boots “HTM” created by famous trio Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker.

The two models almost look identical as both share the same mid-top, chukka-like construction and woven upper with leather on the eyestay and rear. The most noticeable difference between the two is their soles. While the Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka adopted the Footscape’s chunky, deeply-grooved tooling, the HTM model chose to have a bulky, streamlined sole for its bottom.

Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka Style

Get people’s attention in a snap with the mid-top Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka. Capable of stealing the limelight from any event with its out-of-the-ordinary design and colorways, this shoe is undeniably not for the faint of heart.

This lifestyle footwear is commonly available in multi-colored tones, and most are vibrant-colored. Thus expect heads to turn when you rock these kicks with your jeans and cuffed joggers. Pairs with neutral and monochromatic hues are also available if you wish to keep it low-key. These editions, however, remain eye-catching.

Fit & Sizing

With an upper made of durable woven textile highlighted by leather on the heel and eyestay, this shoe promises to supply comfort while providing ample support. The Air Footscape Desert Chukka, known to fit true to size, is available in men’s sizes 6.5-13.

Notable Features

This casual sneaker’s woven upper and mid-cut profile is recognizable even from afar. Its almost brandless silhouette also makes the shoe more appealing for consumers on the lookout for minimalist-styled kicks.

Aside from the upper, as the name suggests, this shoe is also famous for its Footscape sole unit. Created with a full-length Phylon midsole and a flexible rubber outsole with deep flex grooves and reinforced pods at the toe and heel, count on this to offer lightweight comfort underfoot that lasts.

Additional Info

  • The heel pull tab is added for easier slip on/off.
  • Adjust fit according to your liking using the lace-up closure. The fastening system also comes with rope laces.
  • The Nike Air Footscape Desert Chukka “Brown Leather” has an upper with a weave that is partly made of leather.
  • The white/cool gray/ pure platinum version have reflective detailing on the heel and eyestay for better visibility at night and low light.
  • For branding, the iconic “Swoosh” logo is embroidered on its heel pull tab and tongue.