I bought these shoes in an online sale and got them for £35 instead of £70. I bought them for the summer so that I could walk on the beach and easily tip the sand out of them.
These are very comfortable despite the toe separator which doesn't really affect wearing these shoes. They aren't the most aesthetically pleasing shoes, but they are fairly practical on a summer holiday. They have a very comfortable and bouncy sole so they are nice to wear for long periods of time.
I have owned these shoes for a few years now and I've never had any problems with them. They have stayed pretty much the same colour and they still look fairly new.
These shoes fasten by velcro on the top and velcro on the back of the heel, however, I only need to undo the velcro on the top of the foot to take the shoes on and off. I wouldn't recommend these shoes for dance classes as they don't provide the proper support that your feet need which could cause problems later on. I would recommend them more for leisure wear.
It's a shame that the shops don't sell these shoes any more as they used to be very popular shoes. I would definitely recommend these shoes.
I'm a massive shoe fan, so a few years ago I decided to purchase a pair of Nike Air Rift trainers. At the time they were really quite popular so in following the sheep I bought a pair.
These trainers are quite unique in their style, they are a definite marmite trainer - you'll either love or hate them.
The first most noticeable feature of these is that they have a split toe, as in your big toe is separated from the others with a piece of material inside the shoe. At first when I tried these on they did feel very strange and took a while to get used to. I believe the design of these trainers developed from those runners used to wear, due to the split toe it apparently means running is a lot easier and you can move faster. This as you can imagine wasn't the reason I decided to buy mine, as I wear them for fashion - no running involved!
These Rifts are available in a really wide range of colours and styles in an attempt to cater for all tastes. The Rifts I purchased were a limited edition design in light blue and silver with a Chinese print across them, however I was just as attracted to the plain coloured versions. I went for the one's I did as they should have been around £120 a pair (yes you heard right £120!) but I managed to get them on special offer for £50.
Now for a lot of people £50 for a "different" kind of shoe would be seen as a lot of money but after doing my research and shopping round I knew this was a good deal. I bought mine from an independent store selling branded clothing and footwear, however they are available from most sports stores and online stores too.
In terms of comfort these trainers are an amazing fit, despite the unusual split toe design, they are so comfortable to wear that I have worn them all day before without realising they are even on my feet - alomst like wearing a pair of slippers! Made from a cotton material means that they allow your feet to breathe and move with your foot. Your feet are kept in place, the trainer isn't flimsy, but it allows for movement meaning they soon shape to fit your foot.
The top of the trainer is open where you have a velcro strap that fastens at the side of the trainer over the top of your foot. The top of your foot is therefore exposed, meaning these are quite a good trainer for warmer weather during the summer, that's not to say you cannot wear in the winter either with no socks or the special split toe socks that are supplied with the trainers.
Now as I said I have owned my rifts for around 3 years now and they still look just as good as when I first got them. The sole has a great grip, like a trainer you would wear for running or sports, and it has hardly worn down at all. I tend to wear these during summer with shorts so in all honesty I do wear them excessively during the year, which has probably helped keep them in such good condition.
The material is really easy to clean with a warm damp cloth, but I have also put mine in the washing machine once before and they came out looking sparkly new with no problems.
Overall I would recommend these trainers, yes they are expensive but for comfort and style they are worth the money. Do try and shop though as they are often on special offer.
When, earlier this year I was on the lookout for a new pair of trainers my main consideration was how they felt on my feet. Comfort was my main priority having previously worn my way through various cheap pairs which offered no support and I was painfully aware that they offered very little long term durability. As I do quite a bit of walking with my dog when the weather is better I decided to look at the well known sports brands when selecting my next brand new pair. Nike are a well known name in the sportswear industry and have a massive range of choices available in trainers for both sexes and all ages and whilst I wasn't taken straight away with the appearance of these Air Rift trainers I knew once I had them on my feet that I had to buy them.
**How they Look and Feel**
The picture supplied gives a pretty good idea on how these look but have left out one very important detail which I will go more into later; mine are white and grey (well, 'pewter' according to Nike but it's the same thing) and have Velcro straps across the top of the foot and round the heel at the back. These are adjustable enabling a perfect snug fit and once positioned in place they hold firmly until you want to remove your trainers. The sole is made from light-weight but incredibly durable rubber which has a waffled texture to it and was specifically designed to maximise grip for athletes and runners to take advantage of. The upper part of the shoe is constructed from a stretch mesh-like material which again is lightweight and feels smooth and cool to the touch. Now all sounds pretty standard for a pair of trainers up to now I'm sure you will agree and seems nothing too much out of the ordinary, however there is one extra special detail on Nike Rift Air trainers which sets them apart from the competition and that is the unique 'split toe' detail at the front of each shoe.
This is something which will divide opinion and was the feature of the trainer which on first sight didn't impress me very much. Instead of being a flat rounded front you would expect to see the Air Rift trainers have stitching where your big toe sits and essentially separates the big toe from the other four when your foot is in place. The best way to describe this is that Air Rifts basically make your feet look like animals' hooves and whilst that may not be the most flattering of descriptions it is accurate as the trainer has been designed to maximise both comfort and performance. They were designed specifically for athletes after Nike took inspiration from the bare-foot runners of Kenya and whilst I could never be described as being in any way 'athletic' the simple fact of the matter is that once your foot is in place in one of these trainers it feels as if it has been specifically moulded to your own individual foot. Many people have odd feet, me included and I do have one foot slightly bigger than the other so when it comes to shoes and trainers I always have to buy the size which fits best. The straps on the Air Rift trainers allow both of my feet to feel secure and comfortable, the sole is cushioned so that any impact is dampened and the split toe feature allows me get more of a grip than a 'normal' shoe affords me.
There's nothing worse than hot and tired feet and sometimes you just want to wear something comfortable and comforting, I find these trainers are ideal for when I want to take our dog on a long walk and because of their design I can pretty much forget that I have them on. They do look feminine I have to say which is mostly down to their 'open' design on the upper part of the shoe itself and the more self-conscious male wearer will absolutely hate them, for me they're not a trainer I wear with a pair of jeans if I am going into town shopping and in fact they don't look good with any long length trouser at all, however, in the warmer months with a pair of shorts they do look fine and if I'm out and about walking our dog for a couple of hours I appreciate the support and comfort they give me.
If you are a runner or jogger then these would be perfect for a track or road environment as they were designed as athletic sportswear. Their lightweight construction means that they do not feel heavy when worn and if you were planning on running long distances in them then you can expect them not to rub your feet or cause any irritation whatsoever. The split toe does take a little time in getting used to as it does feel 'wrong' to begin with but as the cut of the front of the trainer is generous in size your toes do not feel restricted at all and in time you do get used to how they feel, they may look a little strange at first but if you can get over how they look then you will more than feel the benefit of the comfort and support they can give you especially if you wear them for a significant amount of time.
My white pair is easy to clean only requiring a wipe over to remove any ingrained dirt or mud but as with any white shoe or trainer they do take on a dull and battered appearance over a period of time. I have owned mine for around 8 months now and up until the weather turned cold I wore them at least two or three times a week specifically when going out for a walk. I would never describe them as a fashion trainer though and certainly wouldn't wear them for social occasions but I was looking for comfort at the time of purchase and have not been disappointed with these at all.
**Price, Conclusion and My Rating**
They are expensive as trainers often are and even when I bought mine I was taken aback by their price tag. They can retail for around £75.00 in some places which I personally wouldn't pay but fortunately for me mine cost £49.99 when I bought them which I realise is still a considerable outlay but I definitely consider them to be worth the money I paid. Sometimes it's worth it to pay that little bit more for comfort and to give credit to Nike their Air Rift trainers are absolutely comfortable to wear.
Air Rifts do come in a variety of colours and in all sizes for both sexes and are available to buy from the usual offline sportswear shops and online retailers too. Shop around would be my advice for these as their prices do vary, this time of the year may be the best time to buy them as they're not really suitable for the colder weather due to the open nature of their design so there may be bargains to be had for these if you look in the right places.
In conclusion then I know that many will find their design ugly and unless you are a keen runner you may prefer a more traditionally designed trainer, however, if its comfort you are looking for then you can't really go wrong with these but that will come down to your own individual taste. Personally I can't rate their comfort highly enough but as they are a trainer I find suitable for the warmer weather their all year round 'wearability' is somewhat limited.
4/5 stars from me as a rating seems reasonable for all the reasons stated in this review, thanks for reading.