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


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.


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.


We spent 6.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers praised the lightness of the Nike Air Huarache Light.
  • Available in multiple colorways.
  • Most of the users shared that they felt comfortable while wearing this pair.
  • Many enjoyed the roomy toe box of the Nike Air Huarache Light.
  • Most of the users noted about the soft and breathable mesh upper of this shoe.
  • Available at an affordable price point.
  • Few fans of throwback designs applauded the retro style of this shoe.
  • A pair suitable for all-day use, said few reviewers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Few users complained that the Nike Air Huarache Light runs small. They suggest grabbing a half size up for a more comfortable fit.
  • Some users thought that this pair is a little bit chunky for their feet.

Bottom line

Another timeless gem from the archive is back. The Nike Air Huarache Light features a one-piece mesh and synthetic suede upper sits atop a cushy and chunky midsole. The TPU eyestay adds a unique feature and provides a personalized, secure fit. This running kick has been made very comfortable to suit the lifestyle mode. With its overall comfort, affordable price and retro vibe, this pair is an excellent go-to sneaker.



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Nike Air Huarache Light History

The Nike Huarache was designed by Tinker Hatfield and was launched in the early 1990s. It features a design that is way ahead of its time which made the Swoosh hesitant in introducing the shoe to the market. However, several runners clamored for the release of this pair during the test run happened in the early 90s.

The Huarache was introduced as a sneaker that resembles a water-skiing shoe and later on traversed as a running footwear. Nike was able to release various versions of Huarache, and each has the iconic Huarache inner sock.

The very first Huarache released is made of neoprene and spandex sock on the upper that hugs the foot entirely. It also features the Nike Air sole unit and the thermoplastic heel strap for a more comfortable fit. Most reviewers describe the Huarache as an untainted performance kick ever created.

Over the years, numerous variations of the Huarache were released in the market, such as Basketball, Internationalist, Burst, Cross Trainer, Triax, and Racer models. In 1993, the Nike Air Huarache Light was launched in the market as a running kick. This model was listed as #2 in Best Sneakers in 1993 by the Complex website. Because of its odd colorways, it did not receive much warm from consumers during that time.

The Huarache Light features a breathable stretch mesh upper with the unique low-profile outsole. It was re-launched in 2002 with more pleasing colorways.  

Nike Air Huarache Light Style

The Nike Air Huarache Light features a throwback style with futuristic design. Although molded from a running kick of the 90s, the Nike Air Huarache Light was designed to champion the lifestyle category. The lightweight and breathable mesh upper is accented with synthetic suede overlay to add plush look. Nike also included a unique lacing system that enhances the flair to this casual kick.

With its comfortable and stylish design, the Nike Air Huarache Light can be seen worn by users with their activewear, joggers, skinnies, and even with shorts. Meanwhile, some women opt to pair this with their leggings, dress or skirt to add spunk to their ensemble.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Huarache Light is available in men’s sizes from 6 to 15 and women’s 6 to 10 US in medium width. This pair runs small that is why many users recommend grabbing a full size up than the buyer’s usual size for a more comfortable fit. This pair features the exo-skeletal lacing system for a secure fit and a heel pull tab for easy slip-on. This model features a padded collar and tongue for added comfort and support.

Notable Features

The unique lacing system of the Nike Air Huarache Light makes this pair remarkable for many enthusiasts. The TPU cage works like an eyestay where the lace is looped to provide a secure, personalized fit to the wearers.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air Huarache Light features a waffle-pattern outsole for superb traction.
  • It displays a Lunarlon Air sole technology found in the heel for a more comfortable and supportive cushioning.
  • It contains a comfortable neoprene sockliner.
  • The synthetic heel counter and mudguard add vibrancy and flair.