Nike continues to broaden their line-up of sneakers that use the forward-thinking Adapt technology. For their latest release, the brand looks to the archives and revamps a well-known sneaker that’s a perfect fit (hint, hint) for that concept. The Nike Adapt Huarache combines early 90s design cues with state-of-the-art tech to propel a classic Swoosh silhouette into the present.
Designed by Tinker Hatfield, the original Air Hurache released in 1991. Its revolutionary features included a neoprene bootie and exoskeletal upper, both aiming to offer outstanding fit and comfort. This inspired several of the unforgotten ad campaigns Nike launched back then. The most memorable might be the “Have You Hugged Your Foot Today?” slogan, alluding to the Huarache’s snug construction. Over the years, iterations like the Huarache Light, Flight, Burst or Air Trainer ’94 added to the model’s wide appeal.
Back To The Future – Huarache Style
The Adapt Huarache now equips the lightweight sneaker with electronic adaptive lacing. The FitAdapt lacing system wraps around the minimalistic upper, while a midfoot motor provides power supply. Nike’s Adapt app then gives the wearer full digital control over the futuristic sneaker. After a universal login, a specific interface for the Huarache displays a number of preset fit recommendations for foot type and activity. In addition, the functionality of the app can also be controlled via Apple Watch and Siri. This allows for seamless on-the-go adjustments – like from a snug when you want to catch the bus to some more room to move once you comfortably settle into an empty seat.
DID YOU KNOW?
In early design sketches by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the shoe’s working title was “Harrachi Runner”. This continues the habit of choosing deliberately misspelled names like “Mowabb” or “Air Revaderchi”. As both of those shoes come from the ACG subline, there’s even more connection to outdoor footwear. The neoprene bootie takes inspiration from waterski shoes, which of course sounds like a logical fit for All Conditions Gear.
Release Details – Nike Adapt Huarache
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