Nike is unveiling the new Air Huarache Ultra today, designed with women in mind. The shoe expands on the design philosophy behind its original Huarache: Less is more.
The new version focuses on comfort, flexibility, fit and ease of entry, resulting in a lighter shoe that still hugs the foot. It keeps elements of the iconic 1991 style, from the logo to bootie construction and heel stabilizer, while reimagining its exoskeleton-like qualities.
“We wanted to reimagine the Huarache in a fresh and modern way for the way our female consumer maneuvers today,” said Nike footwear designer Ashley Comeaux of the Nike Air Huarache Ultra. “You get the shape of the original saddle and added Nike technology with the next generation Flywire lacing system. It’s simple, clean, yet the DNA of Huarache is still there.”
The shoe retains the lateral and medial side of the original as rubber components, with a bigger branding on the back done in stretch webbing. The saddle is executed in molded detail as a nod to the original design and uses next generation Flywire to keep the mid-foot locked down and the fit component intact. The midsole retains the expressive gesture of the original, while the classic dotted pattern from the heel also serves as sidewall texture. The tip and heel are rubber in contrast to the completely rubber outsole of the original. The forefoot is cored-out for more flexibility.
The Air Huarache Ultra is available on Dec. 26 at Nike.com and select retailers.