The instantly-recognisable cage and upper that adorns the Nike Air Kukini has been part of plenty of hybrid models over the past two decades. Making an appearance on Stussy’s collaborative Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 and having its midsole swapped out in 2012 with Nike Free tech. It’s been a hot minute since we saw a pair release that’s true to the original early-2000s design… until now!
Rumours have been floating around the sneakersphere that the obscure model will be making a comeback for some time now, with the last retro return happening in 2011. And, it’s looking like the long-awaited retro is finally happening because only a few days ago imagery came through of two fresh colourways with graphic-adorned uppers and now this new gradient combo.
Nike’s Air Kukini was designed by Sean McDowell in Y2K as part of Team Swoosh’s performance-geared Alpha Project that also birthed bangers such as the Air Presto. A slip-on silhouette, the Air Kukini boasts a plastic cage that was inspired by the Spyder racing suit from the 1998 Olympic Games worn by skier Picabo Street. Fun fact: there are actually holes at the bottom of the sole so when athletes pour water over themselves to cool down it won’t pool in their shoes.
Official imagery has surfaced showing off the Nike Air Kukini in White/Black/Lemon Venom/Aurora Green so be sure to peep them above. Sadly, an exact release date hasn’t come through as of yet but stay locked to SF because we’ll keep you updated.
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