Tinker Tuesdays: Nike Air Huarache Runner

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Tinker Hatfield was always ahead of his time. The fact that many of his silhouettes look modern decades later is a testament to his forward thinking vision. The Nike Huarache Runner is one of Tinker’s crowning achievements. When the shoe debuted in 1991 it looked like it belonged in an episode of the Jetsons and over two decades later that futuristic mystique remains.

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The Huaraches minimal design has aged far better than most shoes that debuted in the 90s. This can be tied back to Tinker’s ambition to create a sleek design that did more with less. Without the Huaraches neoprene and spandex upper – inspired by Tinker’s ski trips – we wouldn’t have shoes like the Nike Air Presto, Nike Sock Dart or even Flyknit technology. The Huarache demonstrated that sneakers could be stripped down to their essence and act as a durable sock. It was revolutionary.

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The rubber strap on the heel is iconic. No swoosh running down the middle was bold. Those original colorways even made Jerry Seinfeld’s dad jeans look passable.

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We don’t need to sell you on the Huaraches. They were classics when they first dropped and their classics now!

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Shop for Huaraches at KicksUSA.com.


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