Nike Air Huarache Gripp style

The Nike Air Huarache Gripp features a futuristic appeal with its midfoot wrap and highly structured look. Casual clothes such as track pants, jeans, and shorts would go well with these kicks, along with t-shirts, sweatshirts, a hoodie, or a denim jacket.

Nike Air Huarache Gripp logo

Notable features

Textile and synthetic materials make up the high-top Nike Air Huarache Gripp. This updated model is also made with ultra-comfortable CMP foam, along with an airbag at the heel. There's a clip that wraps the underside of the rugged outsole, which offers comfort and stability. An inner cleatie hugs the foot to keep the wearer warm and dry, while the outer cleatie provides an additional layer of protection.

Nike Air Huarache Gripp materials

On the front of the shoe is a zipper that is seam taped, providing protection when it’s zipped up. The user can also loosen the fit by keeping it unzipped. Thick rope laces compliment the beefed-up look of the men’s Nike Air Huarache Gripp. On the ankle and heel are conspicuous Gripp branding details. 

Nike Air Huarache Gripp zipper

History of the Huarache Gripp

Shoe designer Tinker Hatfield created the legendary Nike Air Huarache series. First debuting in 1991 in the form of the first Nike Air Huarache, the line has since undergone a lot of upgrades, with many fans continuing to worship each release. The Nike Air Huarache Gripp is part of that legacy.

Nike Air Huarache Gripp style

The first Nike Air Huarache is born 

In 1991, Nike introduced the Nike Air Huarache. It was marketed with the slogan, “Have you hugged your foot today?” It was noted for its lightweight structure, weighing in at 9.5 ounces. The Swoosh logo was stripped away, letting the shoe and its innovative construction speak for itself. A blend of neoprene and Lycra materials were used, changing Nike design for the years ahead.  

Despite how innovative it was for its time, the shoe almost didn’t make it to the retail part of the process. Nike wasn’t so sure about it at the time, but the company quickly changed its mind because of one event. At the NYC Marathon, many runners clamored for a pair of Huaraches.  

From that moment on, the shoe seemed to be unstoppable. Despite being introduced in the running category, the model quickly transcended into other categories. Among the many kicks that took inspiration from the sneaker were the Air Jordan VII and the Nike Air Mowabb. American sprinter and Olympic champion Michael Johnson starred in the commercials for the shoe, giving the model legend status.

Nike Air Huarache Gripp midfoot

A Huarache for the modern age 

Continuing the legacy of Nike Air Huarache shoes is the Nike Air Huarache Gripp. The name refers to the shoe’s function, which is to grip the ankle tightly to keep the wearer well protected. This model also has an aggressive tread that grips the ground and helps the user to get going.  

Designer Lee Gibson led the way in coming up with the Gripp, focusing on function and people that are constantly on the edge of style and culture. He was also inspired by people who stay true to themselves no matter what, so he combined unexpected references and ideas to create a unique sneaker.  

For him and all the people at Nike, this version and all other Nike Air Huarache sneakers are for these unique individuals because they are the ones leading the way. This model from the series keeps the look fresh with new colorways and details for the modern lifestyle of such individuals.   

  • This shoe has a lightweight foam midsole that offers cushioned comfort.  
  • The durable rubber tread is delivered by the sneaker’s aggressive traction pattern on the outsole.

Nike Air Huarache Gripp outsole

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Huarache
Style: Sneakerboots, Chunky
Top: High
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Huarache, Nike Air
Closure: Laces, Zipper
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, Synthetic / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.