Nike Challenger OG: A classic '70s Nike runner
Nike Challenger OG is a colorful revival of the original running trainer that first surfaced in 1979 alongside the more popular Tailwind and Daybreak. Like the classic model, this reimagined version utilizes different materials on the upper such as mesh, nylon, and suede, which come in a varying blend of vibrant colors.
Some of the colorways used for this comeback version are Royal Blue, University Red, Habanero Red, etc. The rubber underside features Nike’s patented waffle sole that elevates its vintage styling as it simulates the bottom of the original model.
Nike Challenger OG vs. other classic Nike waffle-soled revivals
Nike Air Tailwind 79 and the Challenger OG share the same streamlined cut. However, the latter's vamp is covered in nylon, and it has a lower collar height than the retroed Tailwind. Both can be snagged at the same price.
Nike Daybreak has a more rounded, Nike Cortez-like build that's slightly different from the Challenger OG's pointed structure. It’s assembled with a nylon, suede, and leather cover and priced a fraction higher than the revived Challenger.
Nike Waffle Racer is the most iconic of the waffle-sole family from the 1970s that's partly pricier than the throwback Challenger. This remake uses a memory foam sockliner and dual-density midsole, making it cushier than the Challenger OG. The gridded outsole extends around the sides of the Waffle Racer's forefoot compared to those on the other archival waffle-soled Nike kicks.