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.