The Nike Air Rift Has Turned 20!

The Nike Air Rift has some news – it’s turned 20!

The original 1996 design combined a sneaker with a sandal to form a disruptive shoe that drew performance insight from Kenyan distance runners, who were dominating the era’s competitions. The rest is history.

They’re all about allowing for natural articulation between the wearer’s first and second toes. Its anatomical last also provided a stable platform that enabled a more natural stride while an Air-Sole heel unit delivered cushioning.

There’s no denying the design has moved from shocking to iconic and influenced future Nike designs, such as Nike Free. The shoe is now in its 20th year, the silhouette continues to mesmerize as it advances its legacy with new iterations, including the new Air Rift Breathe, which features an upper formed of breathable mesh. The shoe also continues to experiment with hues, introducing four new colourways for men and women.

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