Who should buy the Nike Essentialist

The increasing demand for a classic shoe is progressing and Nike has to procure with the sneakerheads’ interest thus, the invention of the Nike Essentialist. This is definitely a must-have if you want:

  • A low-top shoe that reinforces cushioning and comfort
  • A shoe with a vintage style for an everyday casual wear

Nike Essentialist logo

Nike Essentialist Style

Having a one-piece upper with zero seams and only a visible stitch line at the heel, the Nike Essentialist presents a sense of latency while wondrously radiating back a look for necessity. Its flawless design caters to any clothing combination from jeans or shorts for men, and either a dress or pants for women.

Its low top profile manifests relaxation for the user combined with an addendum of technological comfort. The classic overall look is completed by a lacing system of closure for a more vintage style.

Nike Essentialist upper

Squishy insole

A squishy neon insole provides the first line of cushioning for the foot.

Nike Essentialist lining

Comfortable Phylon midsole

The Phylon midsole found beyond the insert reinforces cushioning and comfort and also adds stability to the shoe.

Nike Essentialist midsole

Synthetic rubber outsole

A synthetic rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern caters to traction and durability along with a smooth look.

Nike Essentialist outsole

Padded tongue and collar

The tongue and the collar are inserted with pads for additional comfort and for ease of putting on.

Nike Essentialist collar

Nike Essentialist History

The sneaker industry six decades ago revolved around the concept of leather or canvas for uppers and rubber materials for the sole. With several successful innovations in shoe technology, a variety of materials was made available in the assembly of shoes ranging from synthetic rubbers to mesh uppers.

In the 1970s, several competing companies battled their way into closing sponsorship and collaborations with athletes and sports teams, and one of those is Nike. The company’s success acknowledged from running paved their way into other sports including basketball, with their release of the Nike Blazers and the Bruins, and a dress code-specific sport called tennis. In the latter, a certain image was imposed and that tennis players have to wear shoes with a white colorway and Nike obliged with the league’s rules with their release of the Nike Tennis Classic.

Nike Essentialist laces

The silhouette of tennis shoes not only inspired subsequent issues but also maintained a momentum of low-cut shoe releases up to this day. Nowadays, the increasing demand for vintage shoe outlines is progressing with the spontaneous release of competing brands and Nike has to procure with the sneakerheads’ interest thus, the invention of the Nike Essentialist.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable
Colorways: Black / Blue / White

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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.