This spring, Nike will be releasing a revamped version of its 1996 Air Rift. We can call this the official comeback of the Air Rift sneaker. the Nike Air Rift, a evolution of barefoot sneaker technology that released way back in 1996. The split-toe design was inspired by the barefoot running technique of Kenyan runners, who couldn’t get used to run on normal runners. Just like Free technology that would follow it years later, the Air Rift was intended to mimic the feel and motion of barefoot running, with is minimal, almost sandal-like upper and split toes. Nike is set to bring back the iconic model in original and new colorways for both men and women.