Back Again: The Nike Daybreak SP

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Nike Daybreak Group Shot

As we’re sure you’re all used to by now, every now and again, Nike dissect their archives and revive an icon; this year it’s been no exception. The Oregon-based brand finally brought the 1979 Daybreak, and now they’re treating us to another three iterations of the ‘70s classic.

Boasting a similar aesthetic as some of the Oregon-based brand’s other classic styles – namely the LDV and Air Tailwind – the Daybreak was one of the brand’s first releases to feature an unusual piece of tech: the Waffle outsole.

Nike Daybreak Pink Black
Nike Daybreak Detail

It’s not often a brand’s outsoles are held in such high regard, but back in the ’70s, Nike founder Bill Bowerman’s pursuit for a sole that wouldn’t lose grip led to the creation of the iconic Waffle outsole. The tale of its invention has gone down in footwear legend: the story goes that Bill’s eureka moment came while sitting at breakfast table over a plate of waffles. Investigating with switching out batter for urethane, the waffle-iron made outsole was a game-changer, providing glue-like grip on a range of running surfaces and going onto feature on countless runners since.

Returning for only the second year since its birth, Nike serves up another striking selection of Daybreak’s for you all to add to your collections. Dished out in black, blue and pink, a breezy breathable mesh replaces the smooth nylon base that appeared on the last set of releases. Supportive suede overlays remain, with the black pair sporting a shining silver Swoosh, the blue boasting a glimmering gold, and the pink opting for a solid black Swooshing.

Just like the OG, the revolutionary waffle outsole and cushioning EVA midsole sit underfoot, providing shock-absorption and traction in equal measure. They’re rounded off nicely with a cup innersole to raise and distribute pressure evenly across your foot for supportive comfort.


The Nike Daybreak SP online now via the size? website and in size? stores, priced at £90, and available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Nike Daybreak Black Silver
Nike Daybreak Blue Gold detail
Nike Daybreak Blue Gold
Nike Daybreak Shoebox Shot

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