Release Details: The Nike Air Huarache ‘Rattan’Release: 1 July 2021
Given Nike’s intense focus on using more recycled and natural materials in recent times, it comes as no surprise that more classic models are being remade to meet higher percentages of environmentally friendlier composition. Having seen the pay-off with clean cork-flavoured Air Max styles, Nike have now turned their attention to creating a greener rendition of the Air Huarache using the popular pulp.
It certainly is a convenient coincidence: the Air Huarache celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, so it learns a new trick by showing off its compatibility with unconventional compounds. The distinctive ankle strap has always been made from stiff plasticky rubber, which historically has been prone to going brittle and snapping. Nike recently sought to remedy this by offsetting the strap further away from the Achilles tendon (among other technical improvements – check them out ,here), but perhaps this composite cork blend is another preventative measure.
The cork makes its way onto the insole covers, plus outsoles too – an area that Nike have demonstrated consistent aptitude in with executions like Crater Foam and Grind. Elsewhere, a fibrous material appears on the toe box in place of nylon mesh, suggesting further recycled content atop this Air Huarache.
Pairs of this tastefully crafted Air Huarache ‘Rattan’ colourway are scheduled to hit Nike retailers such as Hanon on July 1.