Nike Huarache sneakers are one of Nike’s most iconic models: they were created in the nineties by designer Tinker Hatfield, the legend behind the Nike Air Jordan, to help grip the runner’s ankle.
Sketch of the Nike Huarache design. Image via.
In fact, their original slogan was “Have You Hugged Your Foot Today?” referring to the shoes’ composition.
The name Huarache comes from the pre-Columbian Mexican shoes that inspired their shape:
And although the Nike Huarache were made for runners, soon other models were developed for basketball or even tennis (Agassi used to wear them).
But back to us, where can I find a cheap pair?
Where can I find Huarache at the best price?
Do they have originals in AliExpress? Or is it only replicas?
As we’ve mentioned many times before, AliExpress is starting to offer original sneakers by occidental brands, such as Nike. They don’t have a super wide catalogue, but you can find Huarache. Just try searching for Nike Huarache on their main page search tab.
The three models you can see in the picture are original, you can tell this by looking at three things:
They’re about the same price they would be in a regular shop
If you find Nike Huarache for 30€ or 40€ they are too cheap to be originals and therefore are probably replicas. AliExpress does have better offers for some products, especially when it comes to Chinese products, but products made by occidental brands such as Nike are never that cheap, with very few exceptions, such as Converse.
They have the guaranteed authenticity icon
If you can see this shield shaped icon with a dollar in it, AliExpress has verified that the product is original.
Even if it isn’t, AliExpress will have to reimburse you the total amount you paid, and furthermore, you might even get to keep the product.
You can find them easily just by typing “Nike Huarache” on the AliExpress search tab.
Many search queries for brands in AliExpress are blocked to better the sale of replicas. Just try looking for a brand like “Rolex”, you’ll see something like this:
The reason behind this block is simple: AliExpress knows for a fact that original Rolex cannot be found on the page, so to avoid problems with the company give the use of their platform to sell replicas, they block search queries using the word “Rolex”. This used to be the case with Nike models, until very recently when sellers started to offer originals.
Because there are original, AliExpress unblocked the search tab so when you type in “Nike Huarache” you only find products with certain specifications:
- Include the name in the description
- IMPORTANT: feature the authenticity icon
If you used the words “Nike Huarache” in the search tab, it shouldn’t show any results for replicas, but…
Careful with advertisements for replicas
I know we told you shouldn’t find any fake Nike Huarache, but this is not completely true: replicas may not show up in the normal results, but be aware: AliExpress features a lot of advertisements for replicas.
They’ll probably block it soon, but for now, it’s still there.
How do the sizes work on AliExpress
Returns to AliExpress can be a pain, so make sure you take a close look at the size chart provided by the seller before you make a purchase. You can find them under each product, on the description and sometimes even on the pictures.
If by any chance you don’t find this information, here is a conversion table for American sizes:
Our advice is to always check comments left by previous customers, there’s always some information on sizes. Just so you get an idea, if the size is smaller than usual, you will be able to tell by the complaints.
Advice on choosing a shop in AliExpress
If this is your first time in AliExpress there is a couple of things you should know before choosing a seller: product rating and shop rating. In my opinion, product ratings are much more important, and you can check them by looking at the stars and the percentage of satisfied customers:
The other aspect is the seller’s reputation, awarded for all their transactions on the platform:
I would only check this if you find products with a similar ratings and price. Keep in mind that there might be some good sellers that are still too new to the platform to have any relevant ratings. Here is the rating chart:
Other shops to purchase Huarache online: Amazon, eBay and Asos
Amazon: my other favorite online shop
If there is one thing Amazon is famous for, it’s their customer service. For this and other many reasons, if you don’t find Nike Huarache in AliExpress, try taking a look on Amazon.
One trick I’ve found useful is instead of just typing “Nike Huarache” on the Amazon search tab, try looking at this page and the click on “New” (under each model) to compare prices, in case the first one listed isn’t the cheapest:
Trick to get free shipping within 24h with Amazon
One of the great things about Amazon is how quick their shipping is: I’ve bought things and got them less than 20 hours later. The down side being that 24 hour shipping isn’t always free… but I’m going to show you a way to make sure you get it in that time, for free!
All you have to do is sign up for Amazon Prime, and within first 30 days, order your Huarache. Once you’ve done this, go back to your account and cancel the automatic renewal for Amazon Prime if you don’t want to pay the annual fee.
What about Huarache on eBay? They’re quite cheap, aren’t they?
Yes, they might seem cheap, but keep in mind that eBay has a lot of replicas, even more than AliExpress. Truth is they are the same ones sold in AliExpress being resold by third parties that get an extra commission: when you ask for one on eBay, they go to AliExpress, buy them and ask them to send them to you.
Take a lot at the Nike Huarache on eBay
Last option: Asos, Free shipping and 100% original
Yet another option is to look up Asos. They might have higher prices than Amazon, but they do have some pretty cool promotions now and then and feature a lot of “rare” models that you might not find in AliExpress or Amazon.
Plus, Asos has free shipping to a lot of countries, just check if yours is one of them.
Do you need any more help? Ask us
That’s it for this article, but if you need any more help purchasing some Nike Huarache just leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.