Summary

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

9 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers fell in love with the Nike Air Huarache SE’s style.
  • It is incredibly comfortable, according to some buyers.
  • Several buyers were impressed by the SE edition of the Air Huarache.
  • Some users made comments that it is well-worth the investment.
  • The shoe is available in multiple color options.
  • It is customizable.
  • A handful of reviewers who are up on their feet during work appreciated the cushioning and support.
  • A couple of purchasers received compliments when they go around town in this shoe.
  • More than a few used the shoe for gym workouts.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many buyers reported that the Air Huarache SE is a little small.
  • It felt a bit narrow, according to a few.
  • One reviewer complained that he was bleeding because of the inner cleatie.

Bottom line

Nike continues to remake the incredibly popular Air Huarache by using a new upper and more vibrant color combinations. Like previous Huarache iterations, the SE version still provides excellent support while the style is as timeless as ever. For a reasonable price tag, people have the option of getting something that effortlessly mixes performance and streetwear.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Nike sneaker

As the Nike Air Huarache SE takes its roots in running, it offers excellent hold and support courtesy of the huge external heel strap. Providing that snug, but comfortable fit is an inner cleatie. The men’s sizes are from 6 to 14 while the women’s are from 5.5 to 11. It generally runs true to size.

The lasting impression made by the Nike Air Huarache is very much identifiable in the SE version. While the timeless appeal is evident, the new and vibrant colors provide a more updated allure for those who are looking for a sneaker that is versatile enough to mix the old and new. It matches well with almost all casual outfits, particularly for a walk around town.

Pretty much the biggest giveaway about the Huarache SE is the huge external heel counter. This is the biggest point of contention among hordes of Huarache fans through the years. As divisive as it is, it is also one of the reasons why this silhouette is easily one of the most recognizable in the world.

The heel counter was designed to give support and lockdown feel in the heel section. As the shoe has taken on a very streetwear style, different variations and iterations of the Huarache has used different color schemes to either hide or to bring out the best of this external heel counter.

Inside the shoe is another notable feature that is not readily apparent. The cleatie-style construction creates a snug, but comfortable feel. It is also one of the key concepts in the Huarache that almost all fans have always loved since it was first released.

Tinker Hatfield’s undying Nike Air Huarache was introduced to an overawed sneaker world in 1991. The iconic designer took inspiration from water skiing to come up with a foot hugging fit that is still incredibly comfortable and supportive. To pull this off, he used a neoprene and spandex sock that were never previously used as a combination before.

Since the shoe was geared towards running, the opinion-dividing and very prominent external heel strap became a much-loved feature by those who need support. Coupled with the full-length Phylon midsole, and people suddenly have a very innovative and visually-enticing sneaker at their disposal.

Nike started expanding the Huarache line through its Cross Trainer, Burst, Basketball, and Racer models. The Huarache fever easily spread from the running world to the various disciplines with the release of these new models.

It wasn’t long before celebrities started sporting these kicks. The shoe was conspicuously featured in a couple of Jerry Seinfeld episodes. Another famous personality to don this sneaker was Olympic champion runner, Michael Johnson. The latter even did commercials for the Air Huarache.

Currently, the shoe is available in so many variations and in different highly sought-after collaborations. It’s almost impossible to see the shoe’s popularity waning soon.

  • The Swoosh retains the easily recognizable Waffle outsole. It provides durability and enhances cushioning.
  • A neoprene cleatie hugs the foot like a second skin.
  • A Phylon midsole with coupled with Nike’s proprietary Air Technology provide cushioning and responsiveness.
  • For an additional price, sneaker fans can customize their Nike Air Huarache SE.
  • There are several perforations in the upper that increase the shoe’s ventilation.
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