Nike originally launched the Huarache line back in 1991. At the time, the new line represented a new approach to footwear, featuring a “neoprene bootie and exoskeletal upper” that kept the shoe snug on your foot. The feel was that of balance between the tight hug of the neoprene bootie, which was inspired by a water skiing boot) and the customizable aspect of laces. Nike is bringing the line back with the new Nike Adapt Huarache, and once again, the line will be featuring a new approach to footwear.
The Nike Adapt Huarache makes use of Nike’s FitAdapt, which will allow wearers to have a wider range of personal preferences to match up with different environments and demands. There’s still a strong resemblance to the original. The colorways as well as the articulation of the outer shroud tie back to the original look and feel. The new aspects soon take over, though, with the next layer of the shoe featuring the Nike FitAdapt lacing system. This system uses a midfoot motor to tighten on the shoe using the Nike Adapt app. Using the app, wearers can use the Huarache to get the perfect fit with a number of preset recommendations based on foot type and activity. For even more adaptability, you can use the app via your Apple Watch or have Siri adjust your shoes with a voice command. That customizable feature means that you can adjust the fit based on whatever situation you might find yourself in. As Nike puts it, Nike FitAdapt is a part of “the fast-paced, quick-shifting world of the everyday athlete—offering the personalized comfort needed in, say, the sprint to catch the bus, before seamlessly shifting fit as you settle into an empty seat with a sigh of quiet relief.”