The Nike Air Wildwood has a lot of history behind it. Nike ACG seemed to arrive in late 1988, but this 1989 release was the first real statement shoe to set off that category officially.
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Even the remixes were excellent — the Wood Wood LunarWood+ is one of the ultimate collaborations for those that know. The waterproof Walkman-like Zoom Wildedge was a cult classic. Upgrading Mark Parker’s Escape design and built on the Air Pegasus platform, it’s our platonic ideal of what a trail runner should be.Ageless in its execution and not too rustic. Even the lower case ACG letters on the midsole are a thing of beauty.
A Leading Sneaker
We’ve always wondered why the Nike Pegasus ACG, Pegasus A/T and Nike Air Wildwood all co-existed around the same time. However, this shoe is our personal favourite — efficient, comfortable brilliance. A polyurethane Footframe to support the shoe, the sawtooth addition at the forefoot to assist the classic Waffle pattern and that shape? Fantastic.
This has long been a true connoisseur’s choice and we’re not sure whether a new generation is gonna damn it as a “dad shoe” (that Wildwood 90 Free Trail from a few years back would flourish now though) and two new colourways that are set for September do the shoe some justice —theoretically, a South Beach style colour combination on this shoe is disrespectful, but the Cargo Khaki/Hyper Pink edition isn’t too bad at all, letting khaki and olive take the reigns with the silly stuff as an accent colour.
A Shadow Looms Over
With the Light Ash/Dark Concord, the Nike ACG Wildood feels closer to the All Conditions Gear source material and is the same palette used on a 2008 Wildwood (while we’re reminiscing over forgotten hybrids, does anyone else remember the decent Air Max Terra Ninety that they were twinned with?) The retro Wildwood’s curse has been a case of cracking paint on the midsoles that made ’em into a mess after the lightest of strolls and while the Swooshes feel like 3M, they don’t seem to reflect. Still — provided there’s no cracking — these are a good option to set off the colder months. Hopefully, this Nike Wildwood ACG is just the start of a respectful re-up of all things All Conditions…