They say there’s a story in all of us, and this saying holds true when talking about Nike’s Ghost Racer. The vintage runner – released in ’99 – was inspired by a US long-distance runner who went by the name of Mark Nenow. Mark was a humble, down-to-earth chap who enjoyed nothing more than to lace up his runners and train late at night. This wasn’t necessarily because of his competitors; it was just what Mark loved to do.
Fittingly nicknamed the ‘Ghost Racer’ (due to him being rarely seen), it wasn’t long till Mark caught the eye of sportswear giant Nike, who enlisted the services of the Minnesotan maverick to help design a runner they were working on.
Yep, you guessed it, this runner was called the Ghost Racer.
When it hit shelves, the Racer was a big hit with runners. Its breathable mesh uppers offered lightweight performance, while a full-length Duralon outsole – the first of its kind – provided padded foam comfort to the soles of their feet.
Well, now, after twenty Ghost-less years, the Racer returns to size? in its eye-popping OG colourway. Pretty much a one-to-one reissue of the OG, the storied silhouette arrives with suede, leather and ventilating mesh up top, accented with Atom Red Swooshing to the sidewalls. Underfoot, the trainer is tooled up with a cushioning Zoom Air midsole, while a voltage yellow rubber outsole keeps you secure and stable on slippery surfaces.