words // Nick Engvall
One of the earliest running shoes designed for the barefoot runner, the Nike Air Rift was originally released in 1995. Nike designed the Air Rift for the Kenya national running team who ran barefoot. Named after the Great Rift Valley that Kenyan runners would run barefoot through, the Air Rift was designed to emulate the natural movement of the foot, while providing just enough cushioning with the ergonomic sole. The laceless neoprene upper is sock-like in nature and helps make the Nike Air Rift feel like its just a part of your foot.
Last year, Nike released original colors of the Air Rift, including the Kenyan inspired colorway of black with green and red accents. For the summer, they’ve brought a couple of new colorways for the dedicated fan base of this unique sneaker design. A black and Tour Yellow combination is available now, while the Varsity Royal colorway will be available soon.
Available now: Nike Air Rift