Nike Waffle Trainer 2 to Launch in "Midnight Navy" and "Starfish" Colorways

Fun fact: Frank Ocean has an OG pair of the “Midnight Navy” rendition.

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Given Nike‘s deep-rooted history in footwear, the brand possesses an extensive list of archival runners that it can revive in retro form. This season, the Swoosh is calling for the return of the Waffle Trainer 2 — a silhouette which originally hit the sneaker scene back in the 1970s — and fashioning it in “Midnight Navy” and “Starfish” color schemes.

Let’s first dive into the “Midnight Navy” installment. Save for the bold “Max Orange” leather Swooshes, the top half is prepared with “Midnight Navy” nylon base builds propped next to “Mystic Navy” suede overlays. Vintage elements arrive atop the tongues which come with an aged aesthetic and classical Nike Sportswear logos. Additional cues to point out include the “Sail” shoe strings and stark black “Nike” branding spelled out across the heel. If this colorway seems a bit familiar to you, that’s because Neo Soul singer-songwriter Frank Ocean was previously spotted out rocking a pair of the OG rendition.

Moving over to its release sibling, the “Starfish” offering is once of even louder thematics. While the same set of materials are kept consistent, this low-profile variation paints over its suede overlays and nylon bases in its titular hue, and offsets with solid black Swooshes and heightened heel overlays. Retro qualities such as the foam tongues and throwback Nike insignias are also adopted, while the heel’s branding is coated in dark grey.

Both options are supported down under with off-white midsoles and waffle treading to channel an authentic 1970’s look.

Check out an in-depth look at each pair here, and note that Nike SNKRS Japan is dropping them on February 28, 2021 for ¥12,100 (approx. $114 USD)

Want more Nike news? Bodega-inspired Air Force 1 colorways have just been revealed.

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