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Nike Basketball 1992-2012 Air Flight Huarache (1992)

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Continuing on with Nike's retrospective on the "20 Designs that Changed the Game" from 1992 to 2012 that we began yesterday with the Air Force 180 Low, the second installment focuses in on the Air Flight Huarache. First introduced in 1992, the Huarache was designed by Tinker Hatfield to be a lightweight and responsive high-top, but quickly it instead become known for its interesting cut-out overlay and TPU support strap that wrapped its way around the heels of Michigan's Fab 5 as well as Christian Laettner, Scottie Pippen, John Starks, and Stacey Augmon. After seeing them on the feet of the game's biggest (and rising) stars, kids everywhere wanted to get a pair, but, in time, their lack of lateral stability in response to sharp cuts paved the way for thicker, more stable options that suited the players who wanted a solid platform in which to plant their feet. Regardless, Nike's ability to offer a shoe that was unlike any other at the time and that did exactly what it was marketed to do - be comfortable and smooth - cannot be overlooked. Of course Nike could have fixed these shortcomings in their more recent remakes, but in a way, it's good to see the Nike staying true to the original. Take a look at the drawings that gave rise to the iconic shoe and more looks after the jump. In addition to the 20 designs, find out more about other essential models throughout Nike's history in our RE-Fresh segment.