Nike Aqua Rift: Another oddity from the Swoosh brand

You're mistaken if you think that the running-inspired Air Rifts are the quirkiest kicks on the planet. Although rooted in performance, the Swoosh brand also aims to please sneaker addicts who are into avant-garde pieces, and the release of the Nike Aqua Rift proves this.

Made extra kooky, this cartoonish, '90s inspired clog-slash-sneaker is built for beach styling. It won't make you a better swimmer or surfer, but it will make you look ultra flashy and snazzy whether you're on the boardwalk or the city streets.

Nike Air Rift vs. Nike Aqua Rift  

The Aqua Rift retains the signature split-toe box and stretchy construction of the Air Rift, allowing the toes to flex naturally. But, unlike the Air Rifts, this comes with a couple of features its older sibling wished it had:

  • Chunky yet still lightweight. Engineered with a thick, bulky sole, you'll be surprised at how light this shoe feels underfoot. Wearers are also in for a treat since the elevated bottom will boost your height (literally) and give you a plush feel that the Air Rifts lack
  • Water-resistant yet breathable. Yes, you heard it right. Its neoprene uppers (a material often used in scuba gear) won't absorb water as canvas does. Plus, it's lined with mesh to let air flow freely.
  • Quick-drying and antimicrobial sockliner. Sweaty feet are a given, especially in sweltering hot summer months. But worry not because the Aqua Rifts came prepared. Its antimicrobial and quick-drying sockliner will make sure to keep sweat and odor at bay.


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