The Nike Air Kukini may be one of the brand’s weirdest silhouette’s they’ve ever released. However, with most out-there Nike shoes, they have gathered a cult following since their introduction to the lineup in 2000. Now, the Kukini is set to make a comeback in 2022.

On New Years Day in 1999, Nike introduced the Alpha Project, a new series of shoes focused on identifying and solving performance problems in their products. The Alpha line produced a number of out-of-the-box silhouettes that remain popular to this day, like the Air Presto, as well as some lesser known models, like the Air Kukini, which is set to return in retro form this year. Recently, we caught an early look at two new graphic-print styles of the Kukini, in “Topography” and “Leopard”; this week the retro runner has emerged in a third new color scheme, featuring a “Lemon Venom” based gradient look. Beginning in the namesake yellow tone at the toe, the shoe quickly passes through green shades before transitioning to an “Aurora” blue tone at the heels. Black overlays add structure to the shoe, while its signature plastic heel cage is cast in translucent TPU.


Nike’s first new colorways of the retro Air Kukini have not yet been announced for release, though we are expecting the laceless model to return sometime in Spring 2022. The color gradient “Lemon Venom” style will be available from both Nike and select retailers for $135. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.

Nike Air Kukini “Lemon Venom”
Release Date: 2022
Price: $135
Color: White/Black-Lemon Venom-Aurora Green
Style Code: DV1902-100