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

13 reasons to buy

  • Many users love that the shoe has a snug fit because it makes the experience of wearing them extremely comfortable.
  • Majority of wearers like the upper’s neoprene mesh material.
  • Quite a number of the shoe patrons claimed the shoes really run true to size and fits really well to the contours of the feet.
  • Some buyers love packing the shoes when traveling as they are lightweight and folds easily to fit in a travel bag.
  • It comes in many color variations that suit various outfits.
  • A couple of reviewers like the Air sole cushioning as they are extremely comfortable with superior cushioning yet provides the same durability as other midsole material.
  • A few customers claimed the Nike Air Huarache Ultra is comfortable enough for extended wear.
  • The comfort and fit are well encapsulated in a very reasonable $115 price tag.
  • Commenters online loved the shoe ventilation brought about by the three-layer mesh and perforated foam upper making the sneakers more breathable than the original Huarache.
  • A loyal fan of the Nike Air Huarache Ultra says the shoes’ availability in different sizes made them decide to buy Huaraches for the entire family including the children.
  • Several wearers with flat feet loved the removable insole feature as they can replace it with custom-made orthotics.
  • Runners love this extremely light shoe that is suitable for the track, in the gym, and even in the basketball court because of its good ankle support at the back.
  • An online critic liked the shoe the three-layer mesh upper and the subtle Nike logos on the back, sides, and bottom of the shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some users claim it is difficult to wash really bad stains and dirt as it is only recommended spot
  • One negative reviewer claims the Nike Air Huarache Ultra makes so much squeaking noise when used.
  • An online critic panned the shoe sizing for having too much room in the toe box which becomes uncomfortable for those with narrow feet.
  • An online buyer says it is better to buy these shoes in actual stores than on the internet as fitting cannot be perfected when these shoes are bought online.

Bottom line

The Nike Air Huarache Ultra is definitely back and more popular than ever as it maintains a lightweight and durable finish worthy of a revival of the popular Huarache.  This stripped down version of the iconic Huarache shoes of the early 1990s are extremely lightweight. With fine materials such as a three-layer mesh and perforated foam, the Huarache Ultras are so popular and well-loved for being comfortable and breathable by its many patrons.

The shoe’s design is sleek yet stylish with a foam midsole that partly acts as the outsole. There are also rubber pods in the outsole for both added cushioning and durability. Getting active is no problem as the heel counter serves as an excellent support, particularly at the back of the shoe.

 While it may have some minor flaws, what further draws many sneaker loyalists to this particular design is its very reasonable price tag without compromising on superior cushioning and unbelievable comfort.


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Nike Air Huarache Ultra History

It was in 1991 when the Nike Air Huarache was officially launched and gained huge popularity. Veteran footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, the man behind other popular Nike releases such as the Nike Air Max and Air Jordan designs, designed the Huarache after watching water skiers and the neoprene material that they have been wearing.

The original Huarache design, however, is stripped of outlandish technology and aesthetics but focused on giving the bare essentials. This minimalistic focus on the design and not to the brand almost left out the iconic Swoosh logo which has been relegated to subtle and almost unnoticeable placement in the shoes to focus more on the technology and not on the brand.

Other famously Huarache-inspired shoes include the Nike Mowabb and the Air Jordan VII. The original Huarache shoe also became even more popular as it crossed over from being a running to a basketball shoe with the likes of Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and Scottie Pippen wearing the shoes on the court. The shoe, at one time, was also worn by comedian Jerry Seinfeld in his hit TV series making them one of Nike fans’ favorite pair.

The original Nike Air Huarache silhouette is a feet-hugging design that incorporated a blend of Lycra and neoprene fabric. This same style has been The Nike Air Huarache Ultra, meanwhile, was only released on December 26, 2015, and has slowly gained a good following mostly from the running shoe fans and people who have embraced its earlier design philosophy of “Less is more.”

Nike Air Huarache Ultra Style

The foot-hugging stylish design and the relative comfort of the Nike Air Huarache Ultra have made it even more popular for running, training and even just for casual wear. The sneakers upper takes in the form of a Neoprene bootie perfectly blended with mesh that gives a snug fitting without sacrificing performance.

Shoe manufacturers added synthetic leather backing for the needed support and beautiful detailing to this ultra-comfortable shoe. Style-wise the Nike Air Huarache Ultra first came out in the Women’s line and then followed by the Men’s line in 2015 initially with just a few colors to choose from. But despite this, the Nike Air Huarache Ultra has gained a steady and loyal following due to its extreme comfort and performance from the cushioning, fit, breathability and lastly, because it is super lightweight that wearing them would be a welcome respite from long walks or strenuous gym activities at summer time.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Huarache Ultra fairly runs true to size. It has a snug fit brought about by the sock-like neoprene material that secures the shoe into the ankle and a lacing system for a better fitting shoe. The shoe also includes a removable insole. Shoe sizes are also available for men, women, younger kids, older kids, and toddler sizes.  The men’s sizing ranges from 6 to 13 while the women’s are from 5 to 11.5.

Notable Features

For the reincarnation of an iconic shoe of the nineties, the Nike Air Huarache Ultra is a blend of new premium materials but still bearing the DNA of the original Huarache. The shoe has remained the same in terms of its looks retaining the lateral and medial side from its rubber materials with Swoosh branding at the back heel.

The upper is composed of a unique blend of a three-layer mesh and perforated foam Neoprene material while no sew overlays on the toe and quarter completes the shoe’s look. To make it even lighter than its previous installations, the Nike Air Huarache Ultra has a molded saddle retained from the original design but used modern elements such as a Flywire cord to keep the mid-foot secured with a snug and perfect fit.

This time around, the designers only used rubber gum soles on the front and tip of the shoe while a core midsole holds everything together to reduce overall weight. An Air-Sole cushioning helps give the much praised lightweight comfort while rubber pods at the bottom provide durability and traction.

Additional Info

  • In terms of quality, the Nike Air Huarache Ultra has no-sew overlays on the toe with a slimmed down one-piece neoprene upper reducing any added weight compared to the previous design with numerous panels.
  • Celebrities such as Orlando Bloom, Bow Wow, Nicki Minaj, DJ Envy, Drake and Justin Bieber were seen wearing a pair of the Nike Air Huarache Ultra.
  • An Air-Sole unit provides lightweight cushioning and comfort to this shoe.