The elaborate design of the Nike Air Huarache Runner is something that has always caught my eye, so when I took it out of the box for the first time, I spent some time admiring the details. Performance wise, it has been great so far, providing a lot of cushioning while not feeling cumbersome. In fact, I was a bit surprised at how light the Huarache felt despite its compact design.
To be fair, they certainly don’t look like typical running shoes. Its trademark upper consists of several overlaying panels made from spandex, plastic, and leather. But underneath it all, the neoprene liner hugs my feet, offering stability and flexibility. It isn’t that big on breathability, though, but being rather lightweight somewhat makes up for that. My feet remained comfortable, whether I was putting down a few miles, sweating it out in the gym, or just taking a walk. In addition, the smooth lining makes it possible for me to go sockless if I want to.
With Air Sole units in the front and heels, the Nike Air Huarache is quite cushiony. Not only does it give me that ‘walking on air’ impression, the Phylon foam in the midsole allows me to enjoy every step, regardless of the terrain my feet are on. I also enjoy the fact that it has flex grooves on the sturdy rubber outsoles, which I think are helpful in expanding range of movement and adding flexibility. Plus, the outsole’s rugged design keeps me balanced on tile and other smooth surfaces. Another thing, it seems quite durable; I haven’t noticed much wear despite trekking it out on dirt, gravel, and concrete, and even for a few long runs.
To conclude this Nike Air Huarache review, you won’t see many people running in the Nike Air Huarache nowadays due to it becoming more of a lifestyle symbol, but it still stands up as a true runner when put to the test. I am not sure if I will continue running in mine, because it has become a conversation starter for me, which means I have been dressing it up for casual stints most of the times lately.
The Nike Air Huarache is not without its flaws. One of the biggest complaints is that it doesn’t fit true to size. It’s a good thing I read reviews and bought a half-size bigger than I would normally, which turned out to be the perfect fit. Also, even though it’s not a bother for me, the lack of breathability might affect others. Oh, and its sturdiness may come off a little stiff at first, but breaks in pretty quickly.
This is one shoe that I see Nike continuing to supply, as there is growing demand, both among the young and old. You won’t readily find it in stores, mind you, but its availability online and reputation keeps it flourishing.