First launched in 1989, the Nike Air Flow is a predecessor to better known lightweight Nike running silhouettes; the Air Huarache (’91), Air Rift (’95) and Air Presto (’00) and is as distinctive for its unique shape as it is for its eye-catching colourways.
Upcoming Nike designer and the man behind 1982’s Air Force 1 – Bruce Kilgore – experimented with a number of different materials and patterns that were seen as massively revolutionary for the era when designing the Air Flow to produce a silhouette way ahead of its time. Constructed of a nylon, Lycra and synthetic suede upper, the Air Flow also featured an encapsulated Air Unit in the sole, which added support, cushioning and comfort.
Last seen in its original guise in 2011 to much acclaim as Tier Zero release, causing overnight queues and a quite a few unlucky faces, the Air Flow is back as an inline release for spring 2012 in two new colourways that couldn’t be any further apart. Both of which will be available in limited numbers from size? stores and online with the photo blue/cherry-white colourway releasing next week and the anthracite/black-white dropping in February.