Who should buy the Nike Killshot 2

If you're drawn to minimalist kicks, this Killshot is a deal clincher, especially if you opt for shoes that are:

  • vintage-looking 
  • covered in leather and suede
  • summer-fitting 

Nike Killshot 2 side view

Who should NOT buy it

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Nike Killshot 2 back

According to many Swoosh buyers looking for timeless sneakers, the Nike Killshot 2 sneaker has a simple, clean, and classic styling that is just terrific. 

Nike Killshot 2 classic

Ready for everyday hustles

This kick is getting lots of praise as it's incredibly comfortable. Reviewers say you can even wear them without socks.

Nike Killshot 2 collar

Assembled with premium materials 

Those who love vintage sneaks have remarked that these are quality sneakers, from the material to how they feel. Its leather and suede give this shoe a luxe look. 

Nike Killshot 2 materials

Suitable for laidback and athletic wardrobe

Many users say that the Nike Killshot 2s are incredibly versatile shoes that you can wear every day because they go with every kind of outfit. The color palettes are "perfectly understated yet beautiful," as described in the reviews.

Nike Killshot 2 color

Reasonably-priced but far from looking cheap

One of the reasons why buyers are drawn to this retro kick from Nike is its durability. The overlays on the upper don't break away soon. 

Nike Killshot 2 premium

Tacky sole minimizes unwanted slips

Like many vintage-inspired sneakers, this shoe utilizes a gum rubber sole that stays grippy on smooth flooring. 

Nike Killshot 2 outsole

Slim world suits narrow-footed users

Its width is on the narrow side. Broad-footed users would need to size up or flip through other wide sneaker selections. 

Nike Killshot 2 narrow

Notable Features

Shoes can be both simple and stunningly eye-catching at the same time. The Nike Killshot 2s are precisely that. The low-key shades of the shoes (no bright white, please) combined with the minimalist styling make it so easy for the shoes to be incorporated into any wardrobe. They blend in, and yet not. They don’t stand out so much as to define your style. But they don’t fade into the background, either.

Nike Killshot 2 feature

 

Nike Killshot 2 history

Thirty years ago, Nike debuted a pair of tennis sneakers called Killshots. They were designed for racquetball and squash. The low-top construction allowed room for plenty of movement, while the soft soles brought much comfort to players of the fast game. The sneakers’ mesh uppers blended with suede accents gave the shoes plenty of ventilation. 

In 2012, a collab between the two came out in what would be a genius stroke for Nike and a surprising one for lifestyle retailer J. Crew (known for classic clothing and not really for sneakers). These Nike for J. Crew Killshot 2s reworked the original athletic kicks into modern lifestyle wear. 

The mesh uppers of the original were replaced with leather, and the suede mudguards were made slimmer and more streamlined. The dark blue leather heels were changed to a muted white suede, and the leather collar linings were removed. Instead, a textile lining graced the entire inner of the shoes. The gum soles have been retained.

While successful, the sale of Killshot 2s hasn’t reached manic levels until Aziz Ansari’s character, Dev, was shown with them in the show Master of None. By 2016, J. Crew had to restock the shoes every few months, and in 2017, they sold out within hours of release. 

Every year since restocks of the shoes have been highly anticipated. Nike and J. Crew have kept the stocks limited, even going so far as to sell only 50 pairs max in select J. Crew stores. In mid-2019, though, the Nike brand has made the kicks available on its site, although quantities remain in short supply. 

Nike Killshot 2 heel

Colorways

The colorways for Nike Killshot 2s include red, green, and navy, with the navy color scheme being the first one released. The red colorway is distinct because the shoes' uppers follow the same material as the 70s version: nylon mesh. For all colorways, the shade of the Swoosh is the same shade as the wordmark on the heels and the logo on the tongues. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Nike Killshot
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Gum Sole, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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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.