Verdict from 9.6 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Majority of reviewers found the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe shoe’s vented design and engineered mesh upper breathable..
  • A significant number of customers have expressed satisfaction with the flexible cleatie fit of the lifestyle running sneaker.
  • Some were pleased that the classic OG Nike huarache elements like the logo at the tongue and the elastic heel strap and midfoot cage were retained.
  • A large percentage of users have given positive reviews to the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe sneakers’ cushioning which has been consistently comfortable like other Huarache models.
  • Some users find this shoe ideal for light running as well as for activities that need hours of walking because of its lightweight construction.
  • The cleatie construction allows for easy slip-on and off, some wearers noted.
  • The Huarache Drift Breath sneaker has a more secure and enhanced lacing system compared to the OG Huarache Drift model, a reviewer said.
  • One customer praised this updated version for its stylish design and colorways that are perfect for the warm days of the summer and spring months.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users commented that the Nike Huarache Drift Breathe shoes are a bit tight especially for those with wide feet. One user suggested going a half size higher for those with a regular width and a full size up for those with wide feet.
  • A couple of reviewers said the interior of the shoe could have been improved with more plush cushioning materials.

Bottom line

A summer-ready rendition of the iconic Huarache silhouette, the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe sneaker is a fantastic follow-up to the bestselling running shoe model. Coming in monochromatic colorways, the cleatie-cut shoe may be a tad tight for some users with wide feet.

Nevertheless, do not mind this little setback as the improved comfort and breathability are worth the price tag. Add to that the stretchy mesh material in the upper and classic features of the Huarache line are the lightweight feel in wearing the shoe and adequate support of its midfoot and heel components.

With numerous complaints on the narrow and tight fitting of the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe sneakers, wearers of this shoe should go at least a half to a full size up to have a comfy fit. The shoe also has a customizable lacing system that is attached to integrated Flywire cables for midfoot lockdown. The Huarache Drift Breathe men’s sneaker has US sizes available from size 6 to 15 while the women’s sneaker has sizes from 5 to 14.

Drawing inspiration from the 1990s style of the iconic Huarache running shoes, the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe is your go-to Nike kicks during the warm summers. With upper mesh material, it only aims to assure us that ventilation and breathability will never be an issue.

Coming in several colorways, the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe are versatile shoes for men and women. Wearers of this shoe may opt to wear jeans, shorts, track pants, and joggers as bottoms while tees, tanks, jackets, and hoodies are top choices of clothes to wear when wearing this legendary shoe.

Among the most prominent features of the Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe is its fully customizable lacing system where you can thread laces through the embedded Flywire cables or go fully laceless and allow the cleatie-cut shoe to hug the feet comfortably. It also has a foam midsole with an encapsulated Air-Sole unit for superior comfort.

Debuting with an ad that says “The Future is Here” was prophetic enough when shoemaking giant Nike first unveiled the futuristic running shoe mold of Nike Air Huarache. After all, the success of the futuristic laced-up sneaker with probably the best foot-hugging technology from neoprene and lycra stretchable inner sock and an ankle strap was a slow climb.

The minimalist branding was also something new for Nike Air Huarache sneakers that a few of the brand’s executives raised their eyebrows when the Swoosh branding can hardly be seen on the shoe. Also not helping at the time are the slow first month sales at the beginning of the early 1990s. Sales eventually picked up starting with a cult following of loyal running shoe enthusiasts wanting the best performance sneaker that delivers a perfect fit.

The revolutionary silhouette that featured a sock-like fit is probably not a huge crowd drawer during the Nike Air Huarache’s launch in 1991. But the stretchable and foot-hugging profile commanded such a presence that more than 20 years later, some of the well-known shoe brands today like Adidas, Puma, Skechers, Asics and New Balance have also created models with a cleatie-cut and sock-like fit.

At the time of its release, Nike Air Huarache was an oddity. The tables are turned, however, more than 20 years later when Nike issued a retro version of the iconic silhouette. It proved itself such a big hit for those looking for a classic, comfortable, and out-of-the-box design that features an exceptional fit that up until now is well-respected in the world of performance shoes.

The Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe is a summer-ready version of the Huarache Drift dropped in 2018. It has a flexible mesh upper that optimizes the flow of air into the lightweight shoe enhancing breathability. The contoured midsole houses the encapsulated Air-Sole unit that ensures superior cushioning. The shoe has a remixed 90s style that retains the midfoot cage and elastic heel strap. The shoe was released May 2018 just in time for the spring and summer months.

  • The shoe has an elastic strap and midfoot cage for extra support.
  • Each shoe comes with an extra pair of laces.
  • The cleatie-cut sneaker has a durable rubber outsole on the heel and forefoot.
  • The Huarache logo detail remains at the tongue.
  • Heel and tongue pull tabs allow easy access for entry and exit on the footwear.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.