Size and fit

The Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe sneakers has a customizable lacing system that is attached to the integrated Flywire cables for midfoot lockdown. The Huarache Drift Breathe is available in men’s and women’s sizes. 

Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Nike Air Huarache Drift Breathe History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Huarache Drift
Style: Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Huarache, Nike Flywire, Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Knit, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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