Who should buy the Nike Air Darwin

This Nike sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with a speed lacing system for a personalized fit
  • You are after a sneaker that's well-cushioned and great for basketball

Nike Air Darwin logo

Profile of the Nike Air Darwin

The Nike Air Darwin made its debut in 1994 and was worn by Dennis Rodman during his stint with the San Antonio Spurs. The shoe saw a hybrid release in 2012 (Nike Air Max Darwin 360). The current Nike Air Darwin Retro features the original speed lacing system, Max Air unit, and rugged traction pattern to deliver an authentic on-court style. Distinct colorways and materials also provide a fresh take on this classic silhouette.

Nike Air Darwin midsole


Cushion. These high-top basketball shoes from Nike feature an Air Max unit that delivers a responsive and well-cushioned ride.

Nike Air Darwin laces

Traction. The Nike Air Darwin High is equipped with a sturdy rubber cupsole for increased durability. The full-length rubber cupsole features a rugged traction pattern that provides superior grip on both the hardwood and blacktop.


Length and Width. These high-top Nike basketball shoes are advertised as being true to size. A reviewer also suggests getting your actual size when ordering a pair.

Nike Air Darwin toebox

Lockdown. The Nike Air Darwin Retro sports a high-cut collar for increased ankle support. Padding around the ankle collar also ensures a comfortable fit.

Nike Air Darwin outsole

These Nike basketball shoes also feature a speed lacing system. The speed lacing system allows wearers to quickly and easily lace up these shoes for a customized fit.

Nike Air Darwin laces front


Staying in true 90’s form, these Dennis Rodman sneakers boast a full-leather upper construction. Tumbled/suede leather overlays and perforated leather underlays offer enhanced durability, support, and breathability.

Nike Air Darwin holes


The Nike Air Darwin’s high-top silhouette, chunky color blocking, and rugged aesthetic provide a glimpse of how basketball shoes were designed back in the 90’s. The leather upper, thick midsole, and rugged outsole reportedly make the Air Darwin a great all-around sneaker.

Nike Air Darwin heel

These retro Dennis Rodman sneakers also echo all the original branding. It is one of a few Nike models that feature a reverse Swoosh logo.

Special Colorways of the Nike Air Darwin

Although Dennis Rodman wore these Nike basketball shoes during his time with the San Antonio Spurs, the Nike Air Darwin makes a return in 2018 in a Chicago Bulls-inspired mix of university red and black.

Nike Air Darwin tongue

Each colorway of the Nike Air Darwin for sale features distinct materials to deliver a fresh take on this 90’s classic.

Nike Air Darwin collar

  • Black/Cone/Regency Purple
  • Black/White/University Red
  • Wheat Gold/Gum Medium Brown/Yellow Ochre/Black ‘Wheat’

Other hues have surfaced however there is no official word yet regarding their release. Check back with us for an updated list of the available colorways of these Dennis Rodman sneakers.

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Gold / Black / Green / White
SKUs: AJ9710001 / AJ9710002 / AJ9710100 / AJ9710300 / AJ9710600 / AJ9710700

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