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Liora Manné Air Rift [2005]

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Contrary to popular belief, the original Air Rift was actually not designed by Kip Buck and Tinker Hatfield. According to Steve MacDonald, the Rift was designed by a sewer within Nike in the mid 90s, who then seemingly had their design stolen. They were designed with the aim of replicating the feeling of barefoot running. The original release, in 1996, featured a black pair with green and red accents, a colourway which was inspired by the Kenyan flag. The model is named after the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, where the country splits in two; this is one of the reasons behind the split toe design. This 2005 collaboration with New York textile designer Liora Manné featured an Air Rift and a Nike Ovolo, both constructed in a green felt-like textile. The nature of the fabric meant that every pair was unique. These remain in amazing condition.

UK6.5, US7.5, EU40.5, 26CM