In an elegant ballet of design reciprocity, the newest Air Flight Huarache releases embraces an iconic colorway of the Air Jordan 7 that builds bridges between two Tinker Hatfield-designed sneakers that have helped shape the history of basketball footwear.
It’s imperative to turn back the clock and appreciate the genius of Hatfield as he meticulously chiseled away the weight from the Air Jordan 7 by drawing inspiration from the revolutionary Air Flight Huarache. This ingenuity heralded a new era of performance-oriented basketball sneakers that didn't shy away from making a style statement.
The Air Flight Huarache is renowned for its audacious cut-outs around the ankle, which served the dual purpose of shedding weight and enhancing flexibility without taking a toll on stability. This design paved the way for an innovation spree through the 90s and carved the path for the emergence of low-cut basketball shoes.
Adding a sprinkle of nostalgic style, the Air Flight Huarache was adopted as an off-court essential, a trend set ablaze by the Fab Five with their larger-than-life presence, baggy shorts, and the Huaraches on their feet.
In this latest rendition, the Air Flight Huarache pays homage to the Air Jordan 7 by donning the legendary “Bordeaux” colorway. Arguably one of the boldest colorways of its time, the Bordeaux aesthetic carries with it an air of audacious elegance.
But the new Flight Huarache takes it a step further. The sneaker features a distinct rubbed-off appearance where the exterior paint seems worn away, revealing a tantalizing hidden layer beneath, akin to uncovering buried treasure.
This shoe is not just a product; it's a tribute, a nod to the greatness of what came before, and a beacon of what's possible through homage.
Official imagery of the Nike Air Flight Huarache "Bordeaux" is now available, so enjoy a detailed look below, and expect to see pairs hit select Swoosh stockists before 2023 ends.