The Nike Air Rift is Inspired By Kenyan Runners' Barefoot Style

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Apr 14, 2015
References: news.nike & mixmag.net
Some of the most gifted and successful long distance runners ever learned their sport and their craft running on their barefeet; this barefoot style, made famous by Kenyan distance runners and their dominance in international competitions, is the inspiration for the Nike Air Rift. This running shoe isn't exactly a shoe as it has a unique split-toe design, making it something of a shoe-sandal hybrid that offers a subtle barefoot feel.

The decoupled toe is inspired also by Kenya's stunning Great Rift Valley fault line, the country's signature topographical characteristic. This split creates articulation between the first and second toes, evoking a barefoot feeling when on the run.

The shoe has been around for a while now but has been re-launched for summer 2015 with the latest in Nike running technology, including a moisture-wicking, ventilation-friendly mesh upper and Velcro closures for customizable fit.

The Nike Air Rift is a marvelous example of cutting-edge athletic technology being married with tradition. This is a shoe built with performance in mind first, and is a great option for anyone who takes their running seriously.