Nike Waffle Racer Crater: Built from junk
Nike’s design lab turns into a commissary of a sort where creative minds concoct new blends out of manufacturing scraps, unused materials, and worn-out shoes. By whipping up these ingredients, the Swoosh creates tasteful sustainable sneakers. One that benefits from such a process is the Nike Waffle Racer Crater, pieced together using 20% recycled material.
What are you getting from this sneak?
- Uniqueness. No two Nike Waffle Racer Craters are the same. Its speckled, crater-like sole consists of repurposed rubber, fiber, leather, textile, and foam that are ground altogether to become one unit.
- Grippy underside. The base resembles that of the Waffle Racer 2X’s but modified using 15% Nike Grind rubber. It doesn’t have the same components as the traditional durable waffle tread seen on the Air Tailwind 79, but it’s built to minimize slippage on multi-surfaces.
- Cushy mid-layer. Like the Nike Space Hippies, this kick’s midsole is made of upcycled surplus components. It offers a soft ride, making it as comfortable as the full foam-based ones.
- Lightweight upper. The use of recycled polyester on the tongue and forefoot sections with hits of suede and twill keep the total weight of the shoe down.