For All Conditions

Release Details

Release Date: Thursday 8th March
Where to buy: Selected Hype DC Stores & Online
Price: $209.95 AUD
Sizes: Men's US 7-13

At risk of over editorialising, the Nike Air Footscape is one of the Swoosh's greatest creations in their storied history. An under the radar shoe for most of its existence, it is shoved into the spotlight once again. Nike combine the rough and rugged mentality of their ACG line to the equally adventurous Footscape of 1995 to form the Air Footscape Mid Utility.

Functionality is the goal here. With more height for more protection, a waterproof ripstop nylon upper and welded toe bumper maximises use in all conditions. Elastic collar straps and laces work with the bootie for an almost-infinite adjustment of fits. Homage to the ‘95 Footscape is paid with a large text print running from arch to forefoot and use of original logos on tongue pull tab and outsole. The topographical graphic print on the outside of a fleece-lined bootie calls out the shoe’s utilitarian functionality. Deep flex grooves cut into the sole maximise flexibility whilst not compromising the everlasting cushioning offered by the encapsulated Air-sole. The outsole is equally siped in depth for unyielding traction. After all, it seems everything can be should be tackled with this Footscape update.

As the name suggests, this is a shoe designed for utmost utility. As the cold weather approaches, the Footscape Utility will take everything in its stride whilst keeping its wearer warm and dry. Purists may not consider this update worthy of #properfootscapes appraisal, but the progressive connoisseur will appreciate Nike's reverence for their back catalogue.

The Nike Sportswear Air Footscape Utility Mid is online and at select Hype DC stores from 8th March.