Nike’s hiking heritage has been brought to the forefront in recent months with the regular releases of the Lahar Low, a revived off-road model from circa 1989 that’s been converted from an ankle-hugging boot to a more street-friendly sneaker. The ramping up of drops has also seen more saturated colourways, such as this rather outdoorsy ‘Sport Spice’ edition.
While Nike has always been a company led by innovation and technological developments like Air soles and new-age materials, the Lahar does look decidedly lo-fi compared to its peers. However, in keeping with the aesthetic of the era, plus exhibiting respect for tradition, this model conveys more classic ideas of what makes a good hiker. This includes heavy-duty metal eyelet hook hardware bolting down extra wide eyestays, durable suede uppers with considerably taller mudguards, and fairly chunky rubber lugged soles. In keeping with this throwback theme, the ‘Sport Spice’ combo of brown and burgundy, plus super speckled soles, is only fitting. Finishing touches come in the form of purple hits on the tiny embroidered Swoosh on the lateral panel and ankle pull tabs.,
Keep an eye out for the Lahar Low in ‘Sport Spice’ to hit Nike retailers, presumably for the autumn season in the northern hemisphere.