RE-Fresh: Nike Air Flight Huarache (1992)

By - November 9th, 2011

RE Fresh: Nike Air Flight Huarache (1992)

RE Fresh: Nike Air Flight Huarache (1992)

RE Fresh: Nike Air Flight Huarache (1992)

The legend of the shoe is undeniable intertwined with the impact of Michigan basketball. But the design is noteworthy on its own, as Tinker Hatfield, the mind behind the look of some of the world’s most recognizable shoes, sketched out the plans for a shoe that screamed minimalism in a sneaker market that was making increasingly bulky models. Hatfield said in a Nike Laced film that he “wanted to strip away material and find ways to lighten up the shoe and make it feel more natural.” Hatfield apparently was impressed with the fit of a pair of neoprene booty socks he wore while skiing and started sketching out designs using that inspiration. An early print advertisement for the Air Flight Huarache showed a woven Mayan sandal juxtaposed with the white, blue, purple, black, and gray model that was the first colorway released.

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