Expand Your Attention Span

Release Details

Release Date: Friday 23rd of February
Where to buy: Selected Hype DC Stores & Online
Price: $139.95 AUD
Sizes: Men's US 7-12

With a back catalogue spanning over 45 years and a storied history of running tech development, Nike finally unlock their vault after incessant knocking on the archive door - recrafting the Air Span II.

New for 1990-1991, the Air Span II was one of Nike's first runners to feature the stability-minded Footbridge technology, consisting of midfoot strips along the shoe's width. These strips are rigid, preventing overpronation (rolling in) of the foot.

Perhaps appealing to a wider everyman consumer market, the Air Span II in its original run was actually a mid-tier takedown of the controversially named Air Stab, which had a more technologically-attractive visible Air unit and a chunkier take on support.

Regardless, the Span II offered an equally structured and developed upper, with multiple leather overlays to provide additional support in high-stress areas and redundant areas swapped out for a lightweight, breathable nylon mesh. The tongue is firm yet padded, impervious to the "crooked tongues" that many shoes of the era suffered from.

Far from the stereotypical chunky aesthetic of most '90s runners currently doing the retro circuit, the Air Span II actually takes on a refreshing low-profile design, thanks to its encapsulated Air units as opposed to needing more bulk to accommodate a Max Air one. The waffle tread pattern on the forefoot is a proven choice for sure-footed grip.

Derrida philosophized the concept of deconstruction. Perhaps Nike have taken this on a literal level and understand that they will never relive their halcyon days of smaller scale production, pre-streetwear dominance, so in an act of self-awareness a surreptitiously placed "Recrafted" tag can be found inside the lining.

Further shifting away from its original form to be its own entity, the Air Span II re-enters the fray in ubiquitous but ersatz '90s colourblocking, with a Black/Hyper Royal/Hyper Pink and White/Laser Orange/Hyper Pink/Hyper Royal flip.

The Nike Sportswear Air Span II QS releases Friday, 23rd February online and at selected Hype DC stores.