Dennis Rodman’s Nike Air Darwin is Back

Sep 27, 2018 | Darren Griffin |

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As ’90s hoops heritage continues to inspire modern-day sneaker design, an underrated gem from 1994 is set to retro for fall/winter 2018.

Widely associated with Dennis Rodman although not technically his signature shoe, Nike’s Air Darwin orbits to help close a basketball-focused 2018.

Nike Air Darwin "Wheat"
Nike Air Darwin “Wheat”

Worn by Rodman during the 1994-95 NBA season when The Worm suited up for the San Antonio Spurs, the mid-cut style with its famed backward Swoosh returns in a host of colorways.

The foremost is this “Wheat”  colorway which, of course, doesn’t work well on every sneaker. The theme aligns perfectly with the Air Darwin, seamlessly shifting the shoe with boot-like aesthetics that ultimately champion 6″ “Wheat” Timbs.

Nike Air Darwin "Wheat"
Nike Air Darwin “Wheat”

A smooth nubuck suede lays carefully over the upper alongside black accents positioned at the tongue, eyelets, and leather Swoosh. This model, in greater specificity, features traditional Air cushioning different from full-length Visible Air seen on the Air Darwin 360 from 2012.

Look for the Nike Air Darwin “Wheat” now at select retailers including Finishline. Expect more pairs of the vintage hoops shoe later this season.

Nike Air Darwin

Colorway: Dark Russet/Black-Wheat Gold Gum
Style #: AJ9170-700
Price: $130

Nike Air Darwin "Wheat"
Nike Air Darwin “Wheat”
Nike Air Darwin "Wheat"
Nike Air Darwin “Wheat”
Nike Air Darwin "Wheat"
Nike Air Darwin “Wheat”
Nike Air Darwin "Wheat"
Nike Air Darwin “Wheat”

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