Verdict from 25 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Some customers say that the Nike Daybreak Undercover's upper feels pretty lightweight and decent.
  • Most people who bought the pump commended its undeniable comfort despite using a standard cushioning.
  • Other swoosh fans think that the shoe doesn't look striking at first, but when worn on feet, it looks different.
  • Many think that the Nike x Undercover Daybreak is easy to pair with different outfits.
  • A lot of people appreciate that the shoe is available in many colorways, from blue, red, grey, black, and the most recent, yellow.
  • A couple of users likes the shoes' softness and durability.
  • According to many buyers, the price is affordable and available in men's and women's sizes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several of the users commented that the plastic fin on the heel irritates their feet. 
  • Some are not comfortable when walking due to angle/cutaway shape at the back heel sole unit.
  • A good number of users prefer a more conservative design like the Nike Tailwind 79.

Bottom line

The Nike Daybreak Undercover by Jun Takahashi is a limited offer of the reinvented Nike Daybreak . This unique rendition of Daybreak features the shoe's original nylon and suede with a plastic piece added to the heel. Its contemporary design can easily match with a variety of outfits. Takahashi's redefinition of Tailwind is something to check, especially for those who are into sports and style. 

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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.

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.  

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. 

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.

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

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com