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The high-cut profile of Nike Kwazi has a lace-up fastening system and a thick midfoot Velcro strap for a personalized lockdown fit. It also has the inner-bootie construction, which is the same as the Huarache, for a more secure fit. The padded collar provides excellent cushioning while the heel pull-tab aids the wearers in putting on and off this pair with easiness.

The Nike Kwazi has a basketball shoe look that is intended for the off-court fashion. It features a high-cut profile with a high tongue. The upper is made with the breathable mesh material which allows this pair to be worn all day even during the warm days. This lifestyle sneaker is usually seen worn with activewear, skinny jeans or shorts with hoodies during the cold days. Some women pair this off with their dresses to add some spunk to their lassie look.

Nike offers the Kwazi in multiple colorways that will give the buyers much freedom in choosing their fancied color to match with their casual attire. Here are the most popular ones:

  Nike Kwazi red

First Kwazi released in the market that displays Yeezy-like monochromatic red colorway.

  Nike Kwazi black and white

This two-toned kick has black upper sitting atop a white, chunky sole.

  Nike Kwazi maroon

The tonal maroon upper is contrasted with the crisp white rubber sole.

  Nike Kwazi black

The all-black upper extending to the rubber sole gives a versatile flair to this bball-inspired kick.

  Nike Kwazi white

Nobody will ever get wrong with wearing an all-white sneaker to give a fresh look to any ensemble.

  Nike Kwazi blue

This Kwazi is covered with a blue hue from the upper down to the rubber sole.

  Nike Kwazi green

The leather upper is coated with a green hue to add an elegant flair to this athletic kick.

  Nike Kwazi pink

This colorway is offered in kids' sizing that showcases bright pink on its mesh upper.

  Nike Kwazi grey

The cool grey shade on its mesh upper lying above the white midsole gives a casual, versatile appeal.

The most striking feature of the Nike Kwazi men’s and women’s casual shoes is its profile that is reminiscent of previous successful Nike models, the Roshe, Huarache and the Air Yeezy 2. This pair has the same outsole pattern and the insole cushioning of the Roshe. It also has the inner cleatie construction that is the same with the Huarache. And lastly, the synthetic leather midfoot strap found on the Air Yeezy 2 can also be seen in the Nike Kwazi.

Nike has been in the industry of footwear manufacturing since the early 60s and was initially known as the Blue Ribbon Sports company. It started when two friends, Bowerman and Knight, were in the quest for durable running shoes. During that time, two German companies dominated the market and Nike thought the only way to compete with German giants is to introduce cheaper, but top quality, lightweight and a lot more comfortable running sneakers.  

The Swoosh partnered with Japan’s Onitsuka Tiger shoes and introduced Blue Ribbon Sports in the United States. Sometime in the 70s, unfortunately, the Tiger and the Blue Ribbon working relationship collapsed. That uneventful chapter helped them give rise to another sports company and named it Nike, which was inspired by the winged Greek Goddess of Victory. The Swoosh and their slogan “Just Do It!” became the world’s most recognized trademark.

To keep up with the fierce competition among shoe manufacturers, Nike resorted to collaborations with different brands. This move allows Nike to reach people with various interests while adapting to the other party’s ingenious mind and aesthetics resulting in a unique product. Aside from collaborating with other brands, Nike also creates innovative products by fusing the essential elements of its previous models to come up with brand new profiles.

In 2016, the brand released the Kwazi which is another lifestyle output from the Swoosh company to add to the roster of their impressive kicks. The Nike Kwazi shoes parade a new yet familiar overall look taken a cue from Nike's three popular silhouettes:

  Nike Roshe One

Kwazi took the lifestyle look of the Roshe - the mesh upper with a single-piece sole unit. The Roshe Run was introduced in 2012  as a lifestyle, versatile sneaker. This kick was renamed as Roshe One in 2015 and features simple and straightforward mesh upper resting on top of the pristine white sole. This shoe easily turned as one's staple kick for its adaptability to various ensembles.

  Nike Huarache

Kwazi took the technology used in the Huarache silhouette - the inner collar. The Huarache was launched in 1991 as a performance kick and was considered one of Tinker Hatfield's masterpieces. This shoe turned as a timeless piece for its durability, comfort, and style and continuously deemed significant to the modern sneaker market.  

  Nike Air Yeezy

The synthetic leather midfoot strap on the Kwazi was stirred from the first Yeezy of the Nike. The well-hyped Yeezy was the first Nike collab with a non-athlete. Kanye West, a well-known stage performer and music composer, partnered with Nike in 2007 and launched their first limited-edition collaborative project in 2009 during his Grammy performance.

  • The rubber outsole of the Nike Kwazi basketball shoes was egg-crate inspired that enhances the flexibility and comfort. This pattern ensures the cool modern appeal and looks similar to the successful Nike Roshe.
  • The iconic Swoosh on the medial toebox has no-sew construction for a sleek and clean look. Another Swoosh can be seen embossed on the lateral heel quarter.
  • The Nike branding can be seen embossed on the heel and the tongue of the Nike Air Kwazi.


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