A Closer Look at Nike's Waffle Racer Crater "Photon Dust" and "Pale Ivory"

A progressive twist on the 1977 silhouette.

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Nike‘s Waffle Racer Crater has been given vibrant “Photon Dust” and “Pale Ivory” iterations. The silhouette is part of Nike’s move towards more sustainable production — made with at least 20 percent recycled material.

The shoe features a low-profile build inspired by the original Nike Waffle Racer from 1977 and likens to vintage Nike shoes, like the Daybreak or the Cortez, yet offers a contemporary look due to its progressive materials.

Starting at the top of the shoe is a bold “Nike” tongue tag, complemented by a branded leather heel tab. The uppers are kept minimal, constructed with breathable nylon, while a smooth leather Swoosh is sewn onto the sidewalls. As a finishing touch to the uppers, suede panels are placed at the toecap and heel. All of these details rest over a speckled midsole and outsole built out of Nike’s Grind rubber, an eco-friendly material made from leftover manufacturing scraps.

Nike’s Waffle Racer Crater “Photon Dust” and “Pale Ivory” are currently available on atmos’ website for ¥11,000 JPY (approximately $110 USD).

In case you missed it, here’s a retro-inspired “1972” colorway of Nike’s Cortez.

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