Nike’s retro archives are filled with some of the most interesting footwear ever released. This week, we got word that the laceless Air Kukini runner may be gearing up for a return in 2022, so today we’re taking a closer look at the retro racer.

The Nike Air Kukini originally launched in 2000, paralleling other legendary Nike footwear like the Air Presto. The Kukini was a stark departure from some of the Swoosh’s more popular offerings of the time, entirely shedding traditional lacing systems for a form-fitting neoprene bootie-style construction. The Kukini also provided lockdown by way of a thin plastic cage, web-like in design, that wrapped all over the topside of the silhouette, keeping the loose materials underneath in place while you ran. While the Kukini did receive a retro release in 2012, the most recent rendition came from Stussy in 2020, adding the Kukini’s signature plastic cage to the Air Spiridon in a new twist. Now, Nike is gearing up to revive the Air Kukini for 2022, rehashing the highly unique sneaker in all of its original glory.


Nike’s retro Air Kukini, originally released in the year 2000, is expected to make its long-awaited return sometime in 2022, though no specific date has been revealed yet. The updated version of the Kukini will likely come with a price tag in the $140+ range, due to the odd materials and construction. Check out some original pairs below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.

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