Throwback Thursday: ON CAMPUS is a continuing feature taking a look back at the kicks of a generation ago on the feet of some of college hoops’ top players at some of college hoops’ most powerful programs. Previously we’ve shown you shoes like the Converse Voltage, the Nike Shox BB4, the Converse Star Tech, the Nike Stimulus Flight, and the Converse Weapon. We’ve also focused on programs like the “Lethal Weapon 3” era at Georgia Tech, Stacey Augmon/Larry Johnson era at UNLV, the University of Michigan, and Jason Gardner’s tenure at Arizona, and the University of North Carolina with Wallace, Stackhouse, Jamison and Carter. Today we take a look at the Nike Zoom Huarache 64.
Over the course of the last few decades, Nike has used the NCAA Tournament as its guinea pig to release new product, be it apparel, uniform templates, or sneakers. In 2006, they created the Zoom Huarache 64, a shoes specifically designed for and named after the 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament (even if there were actually 65). Like many “team” shoes, it was released in many colorways in order to appeal to the masses not only on the college level for the tournament, but on the high school level for the 06-07 season.
The shoe featured a lightweight Durabuck upper resting on a Phylon midsole with design similarities to its two predecessors, the Air Flight Huarache and the Stimulus Flight, while also evoking imagery of 1995’s Air Go LWP. The huarache fit inner bootie also secured a comfortable fit.
At the beginning of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, Nike outfitted many of its teams with the new silhouette in hopes it would gain momentum throughout the basketball world in the same manner the original Air Flight Huarache had (I guess you need a “Fab Five” type of swagger to accompany them to catch fire).
Today let’s take a look at the best of the Zoom Huarache 64 in the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
San Diego St
Texas A & M
Nike’s forcing of the Zoom Huarache 64 down our throats was entirely evident as we’ve just shown that nearly 40% of the schools in the tournament wore it. And that’s fine. I’ve always thought it was entirely underrated silhouette which never got the respect and hype it deserved. I can’t imagine ever seeing a retro of it, but I wouldn’t mind seeing one… along with the similar looking Go LWP.
Let us know what your favorite memories of the Zoom Huarache 64 in the comments and on social.