1995 was a pretty great year all round. The year started and ended on a Sunday, Jordan came back to the NBA after his Baseball sabbatical, Mobb Deep released The Infamous, Toy Story smashed the Box Office, Windows 95 changed home computers forever and Nike had a big year with a consistently stellar and forward thinking releases, typified by the inception of the Footscape.
In the Footscape Nike showed that premium quality and forward thinking wasn't just reserved to shoes with a bubble throughout the 90's. Designed with a similar story to the Air Max of the same year, the Footscape was an asymmetrically designed runner with natural shape of the foot in mind (Sneakerheads with wide feet rejoice!). Side lacing may be a norm nower days, but back in 95 the idea of side lacing was an alien notion. The idea of side lacing came from the medial veins running in the foot, as over tightening of the laces can cut circulation from the foot, lateral laces avert pressure from the area, and you've got to admit it looks great too.
As is the case with most ground breaking designs, more forward thinking ideas were added in following years, in some cases even with a nod to the past. The Footscape Woven NM typifies this with it's Natural Motion sole unit updating the original Footscape sole by incorporating woven leathers and textiles in to soft suede panelling. A latice weave is the focal point of the upper of the silhouette, a nod to traditional footwear known as Warachi (or Huarache), an Azteca/South American traditional style of footwear woven with the leather of the locals reared cattle. Imagine what could have been if the Footscape had taken its name from this historic footwear from South America, things could have been very different.
Further versions of the model included fully woven uppers, completely re-designed sole units, collaborations with designers and artists from the fields of Tattoo artistry, and illustration, what always stays fundamentally at the core of Footscapes is comfort.
The most recent iteration of the Footscape is the Footscape Magista Flyknit. Based on the football boot of the same name, the Footscape Magista Flyknit wraps the minimal upper of the cleat in the footscape sole, and unsheathes the upper of it's hardened football upper, allowing a incredibly breathable waffle print sock to mold to the shape of the foot. As football and style being to blend seamlessly, pushing to the forefront of fashion, it was only inevitable that Nike combine their most imaginative sole unit, with arguably their most minimal and lightweight upper.
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