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. 

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Waffle Racer
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Waffle Racer, Nike Waffle
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Synthetic

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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.