Sneak Peek: Nike Air Flow
Originally released in 1989, this is the first retro release of the Nike Air Flow. It's not often that Nike waits 22 years to retro a certain model, but this was a welcome surprise to older sneaker enthusiasts. Many of todays collectors don't know anything about the model, or even knew the Air Flow existed, but it appears that this classic kick is making a comeback. More after the jump.
Nike Air Flow
Lush Teal/Varsity Purple-Summit White
Style # 458206 301
nike air flow
Bright Cactus/Black-Blue Glow
Style # 458206 300
Nike really knows how to bring a Retro back with hype. Nike, thus far, has released four colorways of the Air Flow. Two were exclusive to Selfridges in London, while the other two only hit about 8 retailers here in the United States. Such an exclusive release builds hype around the Air Flow and should make other colorways to follow popular as well. A shoe that led to many popular running models should garner the respect of a retro.
The Air Flow did pave the way for other popular running models such as the Air Huarache as well as the Air Presto. The Neoprene toe is one aspect that can be found on all three of those models. The neoprene toe does lend itself for comfort as well as breathability. The phylon sole also adds to the comfiness this running shoe. The original 'Air Flow' can be located on the tongue, while an updated Nike logo is emblazoned on the heel.
While the neoprene toe creates a comfortabile feeling, I do not like the look of the shoe on the foot. The neoprene stretches around the toes and you can see the outline of your foot...this is not an appealing look, but other than that I think the look of the shoe is a classic. Let us know if you were able to snag one of the limited pairs that were released.