Before there was easy, lightweight, summery technologies such as the Nike Flyknit and Nike Free Run, there was the Nike Air Rift. Ok, we understand this may take a little to get used to, but as quirky as it looks it serves as a fashionable advanced, easy-as-it-gets alternative to your shoe collection. The split-toe shoe that was debuted in 1996 was designed for a Kenyan track team to mimic the sensation of barefoot running. Just as Free technology has made a huge mark on the industry today, Nike celebrates the Air Rift as it falls into the category as one of the old heads in the barefoot running craze. The Rift comes back for men in its original green, black, and red colorway inspired by the Kenyan national colors and also a mint and black version. The originals women’s colorway in blue and yellow and red also returns alongside a new white and silver colorway.
The Air Rift returns beginning April 27th to nike.com and Nike Sportswear retailers.