Facts

Top
Inspired from
Collection
Price
$110
Special editions

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

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the users admired the comfortable feel of the Nike Air Huarache.
  • A significant number of users were highly-appreciative of the stylish design of the shoe.
  • Some users applauded the lightweight construction of the Huarache.
  • Several users admired the sock-like fit of the shoe because of the presence of the neoprene internal sleeve.
  • A handful of runners appreciated the breathable upper of the shoe.
  • This shoe is reasonably-priced.
  • Owning this shoe is like taking hold of history and Tinker Hatfield magic.
  • The Nike Air Huarache continues to bridge the gap between the old and the young with its timeless beauty.
  • A few reviewers, who are loyal fans of the Huarache, noted that it felt just like the shoe they bought so many years before.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Size runs small based on some reviews.
  • According to some users, the back strap of the Nike Air Huarache ripped off too quickly.
  • Few users found the shoe too narrow.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Huarache, since it was first released a few decades ago, has always had more than its share of loyal fans. This sneaker continues to impress the users with its eye-catching design and comfortable feel. The leather and textile upper as well rubber outsole complete the streetwear essentials offered by the Huarache. Anyone who is willing to take a ride back in time without losing the sophistication of today’s world should have no doubts in getting a pair.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 1168 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
17%
3 star
5%
2 star
2%
1 star
5%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

0 / 100 based on 0 expert reviews

Show moreless reviews
Apply to become an expert

These are visual presentations, not reviews


Nike Air Huarache History

The Nike Air Huarache was first released in 1991. Nike unveiled the shoe with great fanfare as the Huarache was considered by the creative Swoosh ensemble to be one of the best performance shoes ever made. In one of their many imagine marketing campaigns, they brazenly declared that “The Future is here. In sizes 6 to 15.”

Those words will clearly seem prophetic considering how much of an icon the Huarache turned out to be. However, the name Huarache itself almost never came to be as Tinker Hatfield initially referred to the shoe as the “Harrachi,” which is the name of a Native American sandal.

It was another masterpiece by Tinker Hatfield himself and considered as one of the Nike’s timeless collections. Inspired by neoprene water skiing shoes, the Huarache has a neoprene and spandex inner sock. The inner sock that literally hugs the foot delivers an unmatched comfort and sock-like fit. With the shoe’s fit and comfortable feel, the “Huarache fit” was born.

After its debut, Nike started to release the Huarache trainer series. Basketball, Cross Trainers, Burst, International, and high performance Racer models were then released and all of these models contained the famous inner sock. Several athletes, including Michael Johnson, the multiple Olympic gold winner, have worn and endorsed the Huarache family and since then, the shoe gained a legendary status. In 2000, Nike reissued the original green/royal blue Nike Air Huarache color way.

Since 1991 it has been the subject of numerous collaborations and has been worn by many of the most popular and recognizable names in the entertainment, music, and sports industries.

Nike Air Huarache Style

As a water-skiing inspired shoe, the Nike Air Huarache offers maximum comfort and style. The shoe sets apart from a regular shoe design. The shoe elements and color fusion deliver a futuristic intent without sacrificing comfort. This phenomenal shoe brings sophistication and style when paired with skinny jeans and denim shorts.

It is a shoe that stands out in a crowd and hence a really nice option for just about any occasion. For the daring, it can even be a nice complement in semi-formal events.

Fit & Sizing

The neoprene and spandex materials of the Huarache offer a snug, comfortable fit. Available in standard width, this shoe offers a nice fit for those users with standard measurements. The Nike Air Huarache runs true to size. For those who need superior comfort in the heel, the huge external heel counter should be a vital part of the shoe.

Notable Features

For a shoe of this kind, basically everything is a notable feature. It starts with the rather obvious heel counter that is quite the topic among Huarache loyalists. The heel stands out because of the support it gives to runners and sneaker people. Because of its size, it is easily a very prominent feature in this shoe. The heel has been used as a platform in bringing out the best colors and style of this shoe.

Although not as obvious as the external heel counter, the inner sock design of this shoe is just as impressive. This is so impressive that it remains to be a key part of the shoe’s design since it was first introduced to the sneaker world. Adding to this amazing feat the fact that most variations taking the Huarache name still carry this technology.

Additional Info

  • Michael Johnson, an Olympic gold medalist, endorsed the Nike Air Huarache in commercials.
  • In 1991, the known American comedian and sneakerhead, Jerry Seinfeld wore the Huarache in one of his TV shows.
  • Because of the impressive fit, Tinker Hatfield borrowed the design of the neoprene water skiing shoe in his Huarache creation, adding the neoprene and spandex inner sock in its original design.
  • This shoe is available in customizable option with NIKEiD.
  • An EVA midsole and Air Sole unit combine to provide cushioning and shock-absorbing qualities in the Air Huarache.
  • There are several moderately large perforations in the upper for more ventilation.
  • The outsole has flex grooves for flexibility.
  • OG versions of the Nike Air Huarache are almost always sold out in minutes.
  • Some of the oldest releases that have Tinker Hatfield’s signature is the holy grail of thousands of sneakerheads.
  • Buyers can choose the type of upper material they want as it is available in various materials depending on the color.