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Sizes for the men’s Nike Air Huarache Gripp shoes, with half sizes, are availableThis model comes in medium width and fits true to size. There’s a thick rope lace-up system that offers an easy way to adjust the fit. Synthetic and textile fabrics make up the upper, providing a stretchy feel that hugs the foot. The sneaker also has a front zipper that keeps the fit tight, while the high collar protects the ankle.  

The Nike Air Huarache Gripp shoes are available in two colorways: Sail/White /Wolf Grey/Team Orange and Black/Indigo Burst/Olive Canvas. A futuristic appeal is featured on the sneaker, with its midfoot wrap and highly structured look. Casual clothes such as track pants, jeans, and shorts would go well with these kicks, along with t-shirts, sweatshirts, a hoodie or a denim jacket. 

Textile and synthetic materials make up the high-top Nike Air Huarache Gripp. This updated model is also made with ultra-comfortable CMP foam, along with an airbag at the heel. There's a clip that wraps the underside of the rugged outsole, which offers comfort and stability. An inner cleatie hugs the foot to keep the wearer warm and dry, while the outer cleatie provides an additional layer of protection. 

On the front of the shoe is a zipper that is seam taped, providing protection when it’s zipped up. The user can also loosen the fit by keeping it unzipped. Thick rope laces complement the beefed-up look of the men’s Nike Air Huarache Gripp. On the ankle and heel are conspicuous Gripp branding details. 

Shoe designer Tinker Hatfield created the legendary Nike Air Huarache series. First debuting in 1991 in the form of the first Nike Air Huarache, the line has since undergone a lot of upgrades, with many fans continuing to worship each release. The Nike Air Huarache Gripp is part of that legacy.  

  Journey to the iconic design 

Nike sought to strip down a shoe to only the most necessary elements, and the result was the Nike Air Huarache. Even the iconic Swoosh had to be scaled back. While the model’s design was pared down to simple and basic, the technology used was leveled up.  

Hatfield took inspiration from water-skiing when it came to the design of the Huarache. While water-skiing, he had to wear a cleatie that kept him locked in and provided as much protection from the elements as was possible. He liked the neoprene fit of the cleaties and decided to incorporate it into his creation.  

It was a revolutionary design that immediately made the shoe stick out. In addition, the model featured an outer rubber cage, which locked the foot in by hugging it. Completing everything off was the Nike Air sole that provided a well-padded feel along with cushioned comfort.   

  The first Nike Air Huarache is born 

In 1991, Nike introduced the Nike Air Huarache. It was marketed with the slogan, “Have you hugged your foot today?” It was noted for its lightweight structure, weighing in at 9.5 ounces. The Swoosh logo was stripped away, letting the shoe and its innovative construction speak for itself. A blend of neoprene and Lycra materials were used, changing Nike design for the years ahead.  

Despite how innovative it was for its time, the shoe almost didn’t make it to the retail part of the process. Nike wasn’t so sure about it at the time, but the company quickly changed its mind because of one event. At the NYC Marathon, many runners clamored for a pair of Huaraches.  

From that moment on, the shoe seemed to be unstoppable. Despite being introduced in the running category, the model quickly transcended into other categories. Among the many kicks that took inspiration from the sneaker were the Air Jordan VII and the Nike Air Mowabb. American sprinter and Olympic champion Michael Johnson starred in the commercials for the shoe, giving the model legend status.   

  A Huarache for the modern age 

Continuing the legacy of Nike Air Huarache shoes is the Nike Air Huarache Gripp. The name refers to the shoe’s function, which is to grip the ankle tightly to keep the wearer well protected. This model also has an aggressive tread that grips the ground and helps the user to get going.  

Designer Lee Gibson led the way in coming up with the Gripp, focusing on function and people that are constantly on the edge of style and culture. He was also inspired by people who stay true to themselves no matter what, so he combined unexpected references and ideas to create a unique sneaker.  

For him and all the people at Nike, this version and all other Nike Air Huarache sneakers are for these unique individuals because they are the ones leading the way. This model from the series keeps the look fresh with new colorways and details for the modern lifestyle of such individuals.   

  • This shoe has a lightweight foam midsole that offers cushioned comfort.  
  • Durable rubber tread is delivered by the sneaker’s aggressive traction pattern on the outsole.  
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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.

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