Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt History
Nike opened its basketball vault and in the Spring of 2017 re-dropped one of its 1990s legends, the Air Shake Ndestrukt. Instantly, this sneaker with a famous asymmetrical lacing system and gigantic Swoosh across its shroud gave NBA fans, sneaker aficionados, and Dennis Rodman followers a blast from the past.
First in the lineup from a series of drops was the original Chicago Bulls-inspired colorway, followed by the Black/Black, and the White/Black-Blue, while new interesting colors such as White/White, Gym Red/Summit White/Port/Gym Red, among others are also made available.
The return of this hoops shoe initially created as an outdoor game sneaker, relives that moment in the NBA 1996 season when three Chicago Bulls top dogs were seen on the hard court blazing in their Nike weapons. Fresh from his first NBA retirement was Michael Jordan in his Air Jordan XI, point forward Scottie Pippen donned in the Nike Air More Uptempo, and fierce forward Dennis Rodman in Air Shake Ndestrukt.
It was said that among the three sneakers, the underrated one is the eccentric looking Black/White mid-top Air Shake Ndestrukt. This was the weapon worn by The Worm, a moniker for Rodman, en route to the ’96 NBA Championship. Incidentally, the Chicago Bulls emerged as the NBA champion that season, while Rodman possessed his title the Rebound Leader for the fourth time.
Needless to say, Rodman upstaged his opponents with his killer power forward moves and rebounding tactics that season with a dependable pair of equipment in his foot, the Air Shake Ndestrukt.
Rodman is one of the most celebrated athletes on the court. Aside from the Worm, he’s also known as the Dennis the Menace, an athlete branded for his unorthodox behaviors, wild sense of style, an unusual habit of re-dyeing his hair several times a month, and attention-grabbing style of game. These bold characteristics of Rodman were the basis of Eric Avar when he conceptualized the equally bizarre-shaped mid-cut Air Shake Ndestrukt.
The original version of this Ndestrukt version had an oversized Swoosh logo overlapping a shroud that covers its entire upper. Another large branding can be seen on the flip side of the shoe in the heel region. These elements were matched with the most recognizable unusual lacing system on the medial side. Avar succeeded in making this shoe a head turner with its predominantly leather, chunky profile that’s glaring with king-size features.
The technical detailing of the shoe was inspired by the Tinker Hatfield-designed Air Jordan XI, which was made of patent leather and turned out to be one of the extremely famous silhouettes in the Jordan series.
The lacing concept of the Air Shake Ndestrukt was lifted from the 1996 ubiquitous runners, the Nike Air Footscape and Nike Air Stasis which had side lacing system. The lace design along the side is one of the concepts derived from analyzing the kinematics and natural profile of the foot conducted by the Nike Sports Research Lab and the Advanced Product Engineering Group.
After two decades from the time the Air Shake Ndestrukt was first unveiled, this popular shoe returned in OG and various colorways. This sneaker will always be one of Nike’s bold concepts for an outdoor performance shoe. Certainly, this one-of-a-kind silhouette will remain a conversation piece, a wearable art, and a fashion statement that fits any era where eclectic sports fashion is much appreciated.