Size and fit

Nike and Jun Takahashi designed and built the Daybreak Undercover in a unisex construction, so both men and women can get a pair in their respective sizes. From a comfort standpoint, the Undercover used a simple EVA technology, which makes the underfoot feeling pretty firm depending on the wearer's preference. The upper is made of synthetic nylon, making the shoe lightweight and decent on feet.

Nike Daybreak Undercover Style

Inspired by a rebellious street-punk culture, Jun Takahashi's redesign of Nike's Tailwind redefines the 1980s marathon shoe wrapped in bold aerodynamics. This modern take on the 1980's silhouette was created in the original nylon and suede of the vintage running shoes. And a plastic heel clip that protrudes from the top of the heel to the bottom bumper added a more modern look to the pump.

The newest colorway of Daybreak Undercover features a yellow-colored nylon upper surrounded by hairy grey suede, and a black tumbled leather swoosh logo in black tumbled leather on the side. The Nike and Undercover branding are placed at the very top of the yellow nylon tongue and on the insole, while the label's "U" is found on the heels.

The heels have a leather flap that helps hold the plastic clips in place. The off white midsole features a speckled paint and a Jun Takahashi branding on the lateral side. The shoe feels polarizing as one might agree or disagree with the style depending on their preference.  

Notable Features

The most notable feature of Daybreak Undercover is its prominent plastic piece on the heel that gives the shoe a modernized and futuristic look. Takahashi hyped the sleek nylon upper and framed the heel and cantilevers by adding a sculpted TPU architecture to the shoe's geometric profile. Other unique features are the waffle-like outsole and the cube-like traction that provides better support on the feet. 

Nike Daybreak Undercover History

Undercover is Jun Takahashi's most celebrated mainline. From the motto "We make noise, not clothes," the Japanese Designer has transformed the punk-centric streetwear into a critically acclaimed high-fashion label imprint founded in 1993. Takahashi had worked with different brands before, from BAPE, who brought the Japanese cartoon aesthetics to Uniqlo's UT collection. And his street cred and punk-centric style are ingrained to the Nike X Undercover collaborations.

Takahashi began working with Nike in 2010 and debuted his first technical running shoes Gyakusou, which means "running backwards." Gyakusou was a reference to his self project about the passionate runner on public running trails by running the "wrong" way.

The line became prosperous from the Nike Court Match in 2009, apart from the Fragment Design by Hiroshi Fujiwara. In 2017 Takahashi announced another collaboration with Nike, which is entirely different from his Gyakusou line: the SFB Jungle Dunk and became an instant hit after its first release.

Following the successes of Gyakusou and SFB Jungle Dunk, the Japanese Designer released the latest collaboration with Nike, the Undercover X Nike Daybreak, in the Spring of 2019. For the vintage shoe's 40th anniversary, Takahashi gave Daybreak the Undercover treatment by focusing on the EVA midsole and added an elongated plastic jaw-like accessory at the heel. The newest collaboration combines Nike's versatile fabrics and Undercover's rebellious yet beautiful grotesque ideas that can transform a wearer's mood.

Nice to know

  • Undercover logo on the midsole and tongue
  • "U" graphic print on the heel
  • Speckle details 

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Daybreak
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collaboration: UNDERCOVER
Collection: Nike Waffle
Closure: Laces

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Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.