The sneaker-sandal hybrid featuring a split toe was originally inspired by the barefoot style of Kenya’s distance runners. Now, Nike is once again returning to Kenya for a new iteration of the shoe. Through Piece & Co., Nike linked up with female artisans to make the specific textiles used on the uppers of the new Air Rift.
The shoes are available in three colorways: blue, navy, and cream and pink.
“Being in the cooperative has allowed me to dream. Now I have a goal to further my studies using my savings and to start a business of my own in Kenya,” says one woman who is part of the group. “It is a very good opportunity to work with Nike. These shoes support the women in our community and our children.”
Another woman said that working on these shoes with Nike has been “a dream come true.”
“I would like Nike and their customers to know that buying these shoes will motivate me to dream even bigger,” she said.
This Air Rift is available in women’s sizing only and will be released June 15. Nike is also unveiling an Air Rift Breathe, made using a breathable mesh upper designed for summer heat.