New School, Heron Preston.
- Nike x Heron Preston
- Panelled Upper
- FOAM Fit System
- Perforated Cylindrical Plastic Panels
- Yellow Tongue & Heel Pull Tabs
- Woven Panel Lace Loop System
- 'СТИЛЬ' on Laces
- 'СТИЛЬ'Branding on the Heel
Introduced in 2018 as a variant of Nike's signature Air Huarache series, the Huarache E.D.G.E uses an array of intricate and uniquely shaped panels across its upper. Heron Preston reconstructed the Huarache E.D.G.E as part of his football inspired apparel collection, which released at the start of 2019. The Huarache E.D.G.E removes Nike Air from the midsole, and includes a FOAM FIT system. The E.D.G.E utilises woven lace loops similar to that of the Jordan XI, with Preston's signature 'СТИЛЬ' embroidered across the laces. The white variant has white laces with green text whilst, the black version arrives with black laces and white text. Both versions have yellow tongue and heel pull tabs. 'СТИЛЬ' branding is also present on a leather portion of the rear quarter panel and heel counter. A large perforated plastic cap on the heel counter houses Nike branding. The front portion of the outsole of the silhouette is dressed in orange.
Silhouette Explored — History
The newest silhouette in the Huarache lineage, the Huarache E.D.G.E is an acronym for 'Everyday Design Got an Evolution'. The original Nike Air Huarache was released in 1991, designed by legendary Nike executive Tinker Hatfield. The Huarache was modelled after a sandal of the same name native to South America. The Huarache is an exoskeletal silhouette, that bares the absolute minimum to achieve the whole, with an exposed rear quarter panel and heel counter made of a combination of Lycra and neoprene, the body of the Huarache is a seamlessly fitted sock that made the silhouette featherweight light, the ergonomically designed lining of the shoe aimed to contour around the wearers foot providing a dynamic fit for runners. Arguably, the Huarache's most recognisable feature is its thermoplastic heel strap which was a means of support and hoped to lighten tension towards the ankle and heel.
The Huarache holds a special place amongst Nike silhouettes, as being one of the few to remove all notions of Nike and Nike Air branding across the upper and midsole (minus the tongue tab). Marketed as the 'shoe of the future' upon its release, the Air Huarache is a testament of risk in design that has successful and lasting impact. The Air Huarache was reconstructed for a number of purposes and has consequently birthed several child silhouettes such as the Air Flight Huarache (1992) - worn by Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller and the Fab 5 at the University of Michigan; the Huarache Air Trainer '94 (1994), the Huarache Flight International (1992), the Huarache Plus (1994) and the Nike Air Huarache Light (1993), amongst a host of others. The Huaraches sock-lined upper technology was also utilised in subsequent separate Nike designs such as the Nike Air Mowabb. The original Air Huarache series was reissued in 2013.