The NikeLab Free Huarache Is A Real Carnivore June 18 2015

June 19 will mark the release for the NikeLab Free Huarache Carnivore, a new iteration of the seminal Huarache sneaker as done by the people at Nikelab. The NikeLab Free Huarache Carnivore is the sleeker, low profile version of the Huarache shoe with a nod to the classic, and always outrageous Air Carnivore.

Unlike the modern Air Huarache, the Huarache Carnivore has a strap system anchored to the heel, and an inner, removable liner. The perforated toe box and side paneling are reminiscent to the classic Huarache. The sole has a similar silhouette to that of the Nike Free OG, or even taking a step back, the Nike Free 2.0.


The inaugural release of the Huarache Carnivore will come in two distinct colorways. The first colorway is a beige and white line up, perfect for your potentially lighter ensembles during the summer months.

On the contrast, the Carnivore also comes in a monochromatic black. The murdered out black colorway is a nod to #streetgoth trend or even the more relevant #healthgoth thing that hit the Internet earlier this year. Essentially, they’re perfect for the “all black everything” crowd whose closet looks like the Batcave.

But that being said, everyone’s got to have a pair of black-on-blacks, and the Huarache Carnivore are a perfect hybrid of NikeLab’s superior technology and a timeless, casual Nike sneaker.

But, the great thing about either Huarache Carnivore colorway, black specifically, is the possibilities it offers for customization. While the beige and white open up options for a pop of bright color on the paneling, the black colorway is essentially a blank slate.

With the monochromatic black colorway, our Starter kit would be a perfect way to make these Huaraches your own. A touch of Burgundy or Navy Blue would highlight the sleek silhouette of the Carnivore. Or, you could even add one of the Metallics to go for an old school, Raiders inspired colorway.

One of the unique parts that makes the Huarache Carnivore such a stand out for the summer is the heel-weighted strap system taken from the 1989 Air Carnivore. When this shoe came out, the colorway was so aggressive, and off the wall people went lost it. But the strap was always the MVP for this shoe. Nike flipped the script on the classic basketball silhouette and essentially took out the laces. The Huarache Carnivore utilized this same strap system to employ the top of the line shoe dynamics that came straight from the Nikelab.

Now the real question is: what would you do with the strap? The strap cuts right across the the center of the shoe, right below the ankle collar. If there was one thing to customize on the Huarache Carnivore, it would be the strap. The classic Air Carnivore would often have the strap the same color as the overlay, but that’s boring. If you were going to evoke the crazy colorways this retro shoe used to come in, the strap would be the first thing to be customized. So, will you be picking up the NikeLab Huarache Carnivore tomorrow? And if so, what would you do to it?