Who should buy the Nike Air Safari

The Nike Air Safari has a mixture of leather, synthetic, and textile for its construction that keeps the foot comfy. Meanwhile, the Air-Sole cushioning allows one premium comfort as well. It also has laces which makes it perfect for getting the right fit. It is a solid option if:

  • You prefer a shoe with an eye-catching design that pairs well with various outfits.  
  • You are looking for footwear that could satisfy your yesteryear nostalgia. 

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Style of the Nike Air Safari

Without question, style is epitomized in the Nike Air Safari with every inch of the low top well planned out. It’s iconic design and build has been made for that on the go feel while retaining style and fashion as a premium. The modern textures on the upper only further prove just how much Nike pays attention to detail.

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As for colorways, the men’s Nike Air Safari has color choices that can’t even be counted on two hands alone. The latest ones that were released in August of 2018 included what they dub as the “Medium Olive” and the “Burgundy Crush.” Both colors are available on the official website of Nike along with two other colors, the “University Red” and the “Wolf Grey” Air Safari. With any of the choices, one can do no wrong really as it all comes down to properly mixing and matching.

Jeans, joggers, cuffed pants, these are some of the standards when opting to wear the Air Safari. But for those who are more adventurous can try these out with shorts, jumpers and rompers, and for women, even the right dress can do wonders. For uppers, go with hoodies and plain tees with either a bomber jacket or a windbreaker for an appealing look that is still bold yet subtly so.

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Notable features

With Nike offering these men’s Air Safari back on the market, the brand provides a taste of nostalgia for the old school Nike fans allowing new Nike fans to have the chance to appreciate the sneaker from the late 80s. It has that lovely safari print detailing evident on the upper, as well as an outsole made of rubber that has a modified pattern to it.

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History of the Nike Air Safari

When it comes to history, it’s always nice to consult books on these matters or to hear a historian tell one in a lively way as he outlines how things came to be. But with sneakers, re-releases are the best way to truly understand the history of it and get into the spirit of it. For the Nike Air Safari, that’s precisely what it does.

Re-releases for this sneaker has been coming out continuously, and many have welcomed it. Initially, the Air Safari was released in 1987 by Nike, designed by the renowned Tinker Hatfield. It was a part of the “Air Pack” of 1987. The pack featured the Air Max 1, the Air Trainer 1, the Air Revolution, the Air Sock, and the Air Safari.

Nike Air Safari History

The sneaker has been described by Hatfield as being a slump-buster of a shoe of sorts. It came to life when Tinker and a number of other innovative designers wanted to experiment with their designs and the usage of different materials that were unique. The sneaker itself was inspired by a high-end furniture shop in the city of New York. Priced at tens of thousands of dollars, the couches and other furniture in this store were not cheap as it used a slew of premium materials. One particular couch caught Tinker’s attention though, a couch that used exotic ostrich skin. With a little more research, Tinker found out that this material was made available only for those who were part of the upper class. Inspired, he went ahead and incorporated this level of luxury into a pair of sneakers that resulted in the Nike Air Safari low tops.

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The Nike Air Safari had a stylized adaptation of the ostrich skin Tinker saw at the furniture store, a shoe that was heavily designed to look aesthetically pleasing for a performance running shoe. This garnered some criticism from a few people as they felt that the focus was being shifted to design and look. Tinker was quick to explain that the Air Safari was also to be considered a casual sneaker aside from it being a running one, too; in other words, Tinker wanted the Air Safari to be more of a fashion shoe despite it being a highly superb performance shoe.

Since then, the Nike Air Safari low top has reached an almost cult-like status. Today, sneakerheads and Air Safari fans alike can enjoy a plethora of colorways, old and new, and new iterations of the sneaker.

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Additional info

  • The Nike Air Safari has a foam midsole that encapsulates the Nike Air cushioning for lightweight comfort.
  • It also has a durable rubber tread for good grip and excellent traction.
  • Rapper Biz Markie sported and endorsed the Nike Air Safari back in 1987.

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Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: EVA, Mesh, Suede, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Technology: Air Cushion

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