Back From The Archives: Nike Daybreak SP

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Hitting the shelves in its OG form for the first time since 1979, the Nike Daybreak has garnered somewhat of a cult status since its initial release. Earlier this spring, UNDERCOVER designer Jun Takahashi’s futuristic take on the model brought it to the attention of a new generation of trainer collectors; now – 40 years since its initial release – Nike is bringing back the retro-runner in three of its OG makeups.

The 1970s is arguably the golden-era of Nike footwear, the decade birthed some of Nike’s most iconic running shoes which still go on to inspire their designs over 40 years later. Similar in design to some of the Oregon-based brand’s other classic styles – namely the LDV and Air Tailwind ’79 – the Daybreak boasts an early revolutionary piece of Nike tech: the Waffle outsole.

Few brands are commended for their outsoles, but back in the ’70s, Nike founder Bill Bowerman’s quest for a sole that wouldn’t lose grip on a range of surfaces led to the invention of the iconic Waffle outsole. The tale of its invention has gone down in footwear folklore: apparently, Bill’s eureka moment came while sitting at breakfast table over a plate of waffles. Experimenting with swapping out batter for urethane, the waffle-iron made outsole was a game-changer, providing glue-like grip on a range of running surfaces.

Just like the OG, the latest Daybreak releases pairs the outsole with a cushioning EVA midsole, in-turn providing shock-absorption and traction in equal measure. A cup innersole raises and distributes pressure evenly across your foot for supportive comfort, while up top the silhouette boasts a nylon and suede construct for a distinctly vintage finish.

The Nike Daybreak SP will be available on Saturday 22nd June via the size? previews app and in selected size? stores, priced at £90 and available in both men’s and women’s sizes.


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