During the 90s, Nike was focused towards providing NFL professionals with high quality trainers. This was the basis of the Air Barrage series of trainers that were worn by such big NFL names such as Marshall Faulk for the Indianapolis Colts and Ernie Mills for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During those days, the Air Barrage was significant for its particular layered upper and the Air branding that has been woven into the entire shoe with some innovation, much similar to Nike’s own Air Max Uptempo for the same era. The Nike Air Barrage is now making its first appearance since its initial launch from way back in 1995.
The original Air Barrages were quite simplistic and somber in tone. They were designed for specific teams, with colors appropriate for that specific team, and had a general two-color look to it. However, Nike has now designed to go a bit more expressionistic and more colorful for this retro shoe.
The upper of the shoe has a base now made of mesh which has interweaved purple shades laid into it. The mesh base has black overlays and has spots of sporty red popping around it. These colors don’t take anything away from the Swooshes however, which are found all along the shoe. The Nike Swooshes can be found doled out on the sides, the mid strap of the shoe, the toebox, the tongue, the quarter, and on the tri-color heel tab, which has purple, red, and black on it.
The tongue of the shoe has a purple patch alongside the Nike embellishment, while the midsole of the shoe, in-between its large white ridges and structure, has Air embellished in large, red letters, letting people know just which line of products the new Nike Air Barrage Mid “Raptors” belong to.
While being an homage to the history of the Nike Air shoes, these new Nike Air Barrage Mid “Raptors” also offer something unique for the fans. It’s the first time that the Air Barrage will be available to online retailers. The new Air Barrage rolls out in the US for $150 on the 1st of July.
Nike Air Barrage Mid "Raptors"
Men's (6-13) $150