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I’m wearing my second pair of Nike Air Huarache sneakers and I’ll never love another like this one

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This is going to sound very vain, so please bear with me for a dramatized and very consumerist statement: Outside of family and close friends, my longest relationships are usually with my shoes.

Shoes balance style and function. Shoes protect our feet from scorching summer sidewalks or icy, ice-glazed streets. Shoes can help keep our joints healthy as we traverse unexpected terrain; the highest heels can be terribly uncomfortable, but accentuate the hip during our walks. However a shoe affects our movement, its style can say a lot about the wearer.

For me, there is no shoe I love as much as sneakers. And of sneakers, none I’ve repurchased as often as Nike’s Air Huarache.

I can’t remember when my love for sneakers started as I’ve been wearing them all my life. In Chicago, where I grew up, sneakers are woven into a beautiful, creative and thriving cultural place. Long before luxury fashion gave the comfortable and stylish shoe its time of day, sneaker culture had a long and rich history, with roots in basketball, hip-hop and graffiti. The Nike Air Huarache is a beautiful continuation of this history and an excellent design.

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I first fell in love with Huaraches in 2018 when I bought a pair in the wheat livery and hit gold. I wore those shoes until they wore out. They matched every outfit and kept me comfortable during my oddly routine, mile-long walks. When my soles were almost bare and the shoes were falling apart, I had to accept that my most trusted shoe was done. I was tempted to try a different sneaker model — especially with the explosion of options lately — but ended up running back to Nike.

As far as sneakers go, the Huarache seems to be my one true love.

It’s ridiculously comfortable, thanks to the Nike Air cushioning. The structure and soft materials are made to hug your foot like a glove would your hand. The pull tab at the back helps you get away by pulling it on without touching the laces. Aesthetically it is a sturdy shoe that still has a sculpted and balanced look. (Note that they usually run half a size smaller.)

Based on my internet search, Nike hasn’t dropped the wheat colorway I originally fell in love with since I bought it years ago. Instead, I opted for the latest version, a mix of brown and olive green with speckled soles, made from partially recycled materials. (It also comes in black and white, off-white, and blue-and-green colorways.) Like the first pair, I’m going to wear this one until the soles thin out to nothing.

Nike’s Air Force 1s are one of the most classic and timeless sneakers for a reason – Nelly made a song about them in the early 2000s, artists like Jay-Z and Young Jeezy kept them in the conversation, towering designers like Virgil Abloh came up with them. again, collaborations with brands like Supreme kept their popularity high – and while I’m not against them, it seems everyone is wearing them now. So, if you’re hungry for some kicks that will make you feel like flying without rivaling any other passerby, give Air Huaraches a try.

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