Some people think that when they hear “Huarache,” they’re looking at a completely new brand name in shoes. Many fail to realize that these trendy shoes are actually from Nike themselves. How exactly these model of shoes came to have the huarache name is lost to us, but we know that huarache is a popular Mexican dish. Whether Nike used that as inspiration for this model or not, it doesn’t really matter. Huaraches are some of the coolest and trendiest models of shoes that Nike has came up with in a while. If you’re still fancying this fad, here we list the five best Huaraches that you can still buy on the market today.
Nike Air Huarache Drift
This street wear edition is probably the cleanest looking Huarache out there. This shoe is inspired in some way by the 90s edition of Nike’s running rebel. It utilizes some of the properties from that shoe and incorporates it with the style of the Huarache to produce a shoe that has a lot of form and function as well. These shoes are snug. It utilizes flexible Flywire cables, which are completely optional by the way. This design from the 90s is what shook the shoe world back then. There are no other running shoes like this one, and that continues to be the case to this day.
Nike Air Huarache Ultra
The difference is stark when it comes to the bottoms of this Huarache. They’re thicker and bulkier than your average running shoe. Be that as it may, these Huaraches are still as light as ever. The Huarache Ultras utilize synthetic leather on the upper for most of the shoe designs. The elastic heel strap for support is the same as with other models. The shoe utilizes a classic Nike foam sole for cushioning and a rubber outsole heel. The lining on these shoes is designed to mold to the shape of your feet, giving you ample support. These are the types of shoes that could be worn on a basketball court.
Nike Air Huarache Premium
When it comes to the premiums, it’s all about style. You can tell the difference with the shape of the shoe: the Huarache Premium has a bit more substance to it compared to other. The upper is rounder; the bottom is flatter. This shoe is designed so it can stretch completely with your foot. The Huarache Premium is more representative of the style icon that the shoe has become. This is more for dressing up than running around in. You definitely wouldn’t want to scuff up this type of shoe anyway. The best part about this shoe is the flashy white bottom against the rich color of the shoe fabric. It’s got a style that has lasted for a couple of decades, and we’re sure it’ll last a couple more or so.
Nike Air Flight Huarache Basketball Shoe
Even though Huaraches made their way into the basketball courts after a while, there are Huaraches made specifically for playing the sport. These shoes have characteristically higher ankles and a different lacing style altogether. The upper is made out of lightweight synthetic materials, as is the rest of the shoe. There’s quite a bit of foaming there made specifically for shock absorption. The bottom of the shoe is also widely different. Again, it’s designed more for shock absorption more than anything else. The resulting shoe is a stunning one, and it still features the ankle wrap that Huaraches have come to be known for.
Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra
Again, while Huaraches were originally made to be running shoes, they’ve become somewhat more of fashion statements these days. Nike has made specific running editions of the Huaraches that feature higher ankle support and a wider shoe base. The wider base is for traction and the higher ankle allows you ample support while you’re running. These shoes are probably also some of the lightest ones compared to all the Huarache models, and that’s due largely to the fact that the shoe uses a lot of perforated foam and mesh for materials. These will keep the breathability of the shoes without sacrificing too much.
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