Size and fit

The high-top Nike Air Trainer Huarache men’s shoes have an inner sock cleatie design for comfy interiors while a pull tab can be found at the back heel to provide ease in putting on and off the shoe. A midfoot strap also provides secure lockdown and support.

Nike Air Trainer Huarache Style

The high-top profile and the unique color blocking and chunky soles of the Nike Air Trainer Huarache sneakers make it a shoe that would perfectly fit in the dad shoe craze. With the latest trend in retro and street-style sneakers, the high-top shoe is perfect for those who want vintage 1990s style without going overboard with chunky soles and overlay color blocking.

Wear the men’s Nike Air Trainer Huarache with shoes and athleisure-inspired clothing. Some people wear these old-school, on and off-court shoes with sporty clothing and even jeans and a shirt. If you want the overall look and design to look sporty, wear the Nike Air Trainer Huarache sneaker with team jerseys and shorts for a more athletic styling.

Notable Features

Most prominent in the design of the Nike Air Trainer Huarache shoes is its midfoot strap that offers stability and support. The Swoosh label also retained the legendary Huarache fit which implores a foot-hugging design using cushioned inner sleeves for all-day comfort.

Nike Air Trainer Huarache History

The Nike Air Trainer Huaraches is the perfect fruition when creative of two legendary sneaker designers, Eric Avar, and Tinker Hatfield, meet and collaborate to come up with an iconic design. Originally released in 1992, the Nike Air Trainer Huarache shoe features uppers that are similar to its basketball shoe version. It retains the neoprene cleatie design of the Nike Air Huarache while adding a midfoot strap for support and stability.

Prior to the release of the Air Trainer Huarache shoe by Nike, the sneaker was inspired by one iconic shoe design, the Nike Air Huarache. The Nike Air Huarache first came out a year earlier in 1991. The running shoe design was made by veteran designer Tinker Hatfield as footwear stripped to the bare essentials. In the original Huarache design, Tinker used minimal Swoosh branding and used neoprene material in the inner cleatie as inspired by wetsuits worn by water skiing enthusiasts.

The release of the Huarache, which came from Huaraches or the Native American sandal, was initially set aside by the Swoosh label’s top guns as they are afraid that it is too futuristic and might not be popular in the market. However, Hatfield was insistent and a test run was held at the New York City Marathon in the early 1990s that the first batch of the shoe was sold out.

Going back to the Nike Air Trainer Huarache, the design was a collaboration between Hatfield and Avar.  Employing the same Huarache fit with a sock-like feel the newer design dropped in 1992 and it had a midfoot strap for stability and support. The comfy inner material of the sneaker helps in providing cushioning while also bringing the Huarache Fit through the padded and cushioned interiors of the shoe.

  The second classic inspiration

Aside from the Nike Huarache, the footwear was also inspired by another popular model, the Nike Air Trainer. One of the mid-top sneakers that was designed by Tinker Hatfield, it is characterized by the model’s supportive midfoot strap. The architect turned legendary footwear designer came up with the design to answer the needs of people for a shoe that can greatly perform well on the court and in the fitness gym.  

The OG Nike Air Trainer had a higher cut and a thick outrigger style aimed for improved stability and support. The foot securing strap also aims for an upgraded forefoot lockdown while the heel lift offers a well-protected foot. The result was an iconic sneaker that allows its wearers to run and play on the court, and head over to the gym to do some serious fitness training.

Some 25 years after its release, the Nike Air Trainer Huarache sneakers have had several iterations and upgrades primarily focused on colorways of the footwear. The latest release in the last quarter of 2018 went back to its roots with the original colors of green, black, and white made famous by the Nike Air Trainer and the Nike Air Huarache. Before that, the last release for the Nike Air Huarache was in 2015.

The late 2018 release of the Nike Air Trainer Huarache featured original colorways in catchy color blocking, aesthetics, lines, and shapes giving a sense of nostalgia when it was dropped 1990s. Some of the popular latest colorways of the Nike Air Trainer Huarache are the topaz Gold/Electrogreen, White/Amarillo/Team Crimson/Regency Purple, and Black/University Red/Volt colors.

Additional Info

  • Heel pull tab at back heel of the Nike Air Trainer Huarache shoes delivers smooth entry and exit.
  • Leather, synthetic, and textile upper materials are used to keep the footwear light and durable.
  • Its rubber outsole has tread patterns for superior traction.
  • Nike Huarache branding at tongue and Nike signature branding at the midfoot strap, outsole, insoles, and Nike Air branding at back heel.
  • Perforations on the toe box are placed to keep the interior breathable.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air Huarache, Nike Air, Nike Air Trainer
Closure: Laces, Strap
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Technology: Air Cushion

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