Nike Arrowz Style
The Nike Arrowz is a clever celebration of both old and new. Its use of laces is a definite nod to tradition, while its strap marks the achievement of the line of innovations that it’s part of. Because of this, this model works best for individuals who find the mix of history and modernity so appealing.
On a more general sense, its knit-inspired upper gives it a sleek look that blends well with almost any outfit. The keyword is blend, and that’s because this model do not really scream for attention; it completes quite subtly the day’s outfit, satisfactorily filling in a gap that would otherwise be prominent.
Nike Arrowz History
Before the end of the first quarter of 2017, Nike dropped the Nike Arrowz. It features an upper that is described as knit-inspired. It utilizes laces, but it also has a strap that is made of thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU. This strap provides the lock-in comfort that many appreciate.
Upon its release, many thought that the Nike Arrowz looked familiar. Truly, they had reason to think so because this model bears the essences of previous releases. After all, it is just one of the latest achievements of a quest for simplicity and sock-like comfort that Nike has been so invested in since the 1970s.
The Nike Arrowz’s direct ascendant is the Nike Sock Dart, and it was a 2004 model that saw a resurgence when it was reintroduced back in 2014. It has a breathable upper, and it does away with laces. In their place is a TPU strap that the Nike Arrowz conveniently carries over to its design.
The Sock Dart of 2004 is itself a model that was based on the simple but successful element of a 2000 model called the Presto. The Presto was yet another close sibling of the current Arrowz. While it was largely made of mesh, it had laces and a TPU midfoot cage that worked pretty much like the current strap on the Arrowz.
While discussing the merits of the Presto, it is said that Nike collaborator Hiroshi Fujiwara expressed interest in a project to create a sock-based shoe which will build on the innovation that the Presto championed. This interest was the spark that Nike designer Tinker Hatfield needed to resurrect a shelved project, which already contained the rawest plans for what was to become the Sock Dart.
Journeying further in time, the Presto was itself developed by drawing heavy influences from two models from the 80s: The Air Flow and the Sock Racer. Indeed, every release celebrates the successes of the past by exceeding them or at least attempting to. And this ensures that the company keeps on moving forward when it comes to innovations.
Given all this, one can only imagine what doors the release and current success of the Nike Arrowz have opened. What will the next model look like? This is a question that only time and a creative mind can answer.