The Nike Air Rift Returns Soon - The Drop Date

Kenya Dig It? The iconic Nike Air Rift is returning this Season


Nike Air Rift

The news that the NIKE AIR RIFT is scheduled to return this year allows us to shine the spotlight on one of the most impacting and innovative releases from the Nike running archives.

The Nike Air Rift first dropped in 1996, having been inspired by the efficient barefoot style of Kenyan distance runners. In recognition of these superior athletes, the shoe debuted in the colours of the country’s flag and took its name from Kenya’s Rift Valley province. As well as these factors, Kenya’s topography provided a second source of inspiration for the shoe’s defining characteristic: a decoupled toe that created articulation between the wearer’s first and second toes. Nike Air cushioning was also present within the pared-down sole unit, with an extra emphasis on providing strong traction underfoot, which made the Rift well-suited to all terrains.

The Rift became a hit amongst collectors across the world, especially in Japan, where it enjoyed a longstanding run as one of the most popular shoes on the market. Following a brief return a few years ago, this summer should see the Rift hitting the streets once again, with this black and white edition slated to be one of the first colourways to drop. This clean, easy-to-wear colour scheme is offset with a new dark-gum coloured outsole, which adds an extra point of interest to those who know the shoe well. We look forward to seeing one of the most interesting Nike designs return for a new, younger generation of footwear fans.

The NIKE AIR RIFT is rumoured to be arriving soon: keep checking back with us for the full release details. In the meantime, check out the latest releases at NIKE by clicking the banner below.

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