Who should buy the Nike Air Huarache Ultra

A reincarnation of an iconic shoe of the nineties, the Air Huarache Ultra from Nike blends newness with the DNA of the original Huarache. It's for you if:

  • You want to highlight the sportiness of the shoe in a pair of joggers or ankle pants.
  • Your objective is to enjoy the sun with fresh and non-sweaty feet.
  • Collecting vibrant kicks is among your hobbies.
  • Sneakers that prevent shock-related injuries are what you're after.

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a kick that won't give you upkeep or maintenance headaches, opt for the Nike React Vision (particularly, the black colorway). Also, you're better off sporting the Nike Air Max 270 if you don't like dragging stones and debris with you.

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Travel light with the Air Huarache Ultra

Verified buyers love packing their Nike Air Huarache Ultras when traveling as they are lightweight and fold easily to fit in a travel bag.

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Powerful at the rear

Reviewers adore the Air Huarache Ultra's Air sole technology in that it provides a combination of shock absorption and longevity for its rearfoot cushioning.

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An entrancing interior

Many users love the shoe for its extremely comfortable fit.

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Needs time and effort to clean

Users find it difficult to clean the Air Huarache Ultra. They say bad stains and dirt don't come off easily using a damp cloth.

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The Nike Air Huarache Ultra's upgraded breathability

Commenters online love the shoe's high ventilation. It is brought about by the three-layer mesh and perforated foam upper, making the sneaker more breathable than the original Huarache.

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Keeps wobbly ankles in check

This extremely lightweight shoe, according to testers, has a supportive collar, making the Air Huarache Ultra suitable for the track, in the gym, and even on the basketball court.

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For summer getaways

Many women like wearing this sneaker thanks to its summer-ready colorways.

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Works well with flat-feet-specific footbeds

Wearers with flat feet love the kick's removable insole, as they can replace it with custom orthotics.

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Avoid rocky pavements

Its outsole can trap in stones (and potentially mud) within the spaces between its blocky lugs.

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The origin of the Nike Air Huarache Ultra

It was in 1991 when the Nike Air Huarache was officially launched and gained immense popularity. Veteran footwear designer Tinker Hatfield, the man behind other favorite Nike sneaker releases such as the Nike Air Max 90 and several Air Jordan designs, designed the Huarache after seeing water skiers wearing neoprene footwear.

The original Huarache design was devoid of outlandish technology and aesthetics but concentrated on giving the bare essentials. This minimalistic approach focused more on the shoe itself and not on the brand.

Other famously Huarache-inspired shoes include the Nike Mowabb and the Air Jordan VII. The original Huarache shoe also became even more popular as it crossed over from being a running kick to a basketball shoe, thanks to the likes of Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, and Scottie Pippen. The shoe, at one time, was also worn by comedian Jerry Seinfeld in his hit TV series, making it one of Nike fans’ favorite pairs.

Roughly 14 years later, on December 26, 2015, the Nike Air Huarache Ultra was released for public consumption. It slowly gained a good following, mostly from the running shoe fans and people who have embraced its earlier design philosophy of “Less is more.”

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Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Huarache
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Huarache, Nike Flywire, Nike Air
Closure: Laces, Slip-on
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole / Fabric

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Author
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.