One of the most important sneaker collaborations of all time appears to be poised for a retro.
Originally released in 2000, the Stussy x Nike Air Huarache LE was the first-ever collaboration between the Laguna Beach streetwear brand and the Swoosh. It was also one of the very first sportswear/streetwear collaborations, kicking off what's been over two decades of projects that have helped shape today's industry. The pairs came in two original colorways: Desert Oak/Reed/Light Straw (above) and a Dark Olive/White/Varsity Maize/Ivory variation.
The 2000 Huarache project was helmed by Nike collab guru Fraser Cooke and Stussy UK's Michael Kopelman. Cooke and Kopelman had previously founded the ahead-of-its-time London boutique Hit and Run (later renamed The Hideout) and worked together at Footpatrol.
21 years later, both Air Huarache colorways have popped up in Stussy's Spring '21 lookbook. With that collection set to begin releasing this Friday, Feb. 5, it's likely that a launch for the sneakers could be announced soon. Check back here for updates.
UPDATE (02/04): After a teaser surfaced in Stussy's Spring '21 lookbook earlier this week, the brand's Nike Air Huarache collaboration is set to return very soon. The pairs are rumored to drop at Stussy on Friday, Feb. 12, and retailers have confirmed with Sole Collector a release is also scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18.
Set to retail for $120 in adult sizing, the collab will also be offered in toddler ($60) and youth ($80) sizes.
Take a detailed look at the 2021 version of the "Desert Oak/Reed/Light Straw" colorway here and check back soon for updates as the project should be officially unveiled soon.
UPDATE (02/08): Nike confirms that this year’s re-issue of its Air Huarache collab with Stussy is releasing on Feb. 12 from Stussy stores, Dover Street Market, and stussy.com followed by a wider release of the “Desert Oak” on Feb. 18 via SNKRS and at select retailers for $120.
Stussy x Nike Air Huarache
Release Date: 02/12/2021
Color: Desert Oak/Reed/Light Straw
Style #: DD1381-200