Verdict from 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Lightweight: Despite having a bulky-looking sole, the Nike Waffle Racer Crater gets loads of praise for its lightness.
  • Comfy: Sneaker fans are in awe with the softness of its Nike Grind cushioning, considering it’s made of crushed rubber, foam, and plastic. 
  • Stylish: Those who copped this style “love the color combo” on the actual pair. They are “eye-catching.” 
  • Offbeat design: The recycled detailing on the waffle sole is a carrot for those who want a sneaker with a unique taste.
  • Competitive price: Sneaker users consider it reasonably-priced given its aesthetics and overall function.

1 reason not to buy

  • Roomy: This women-sized shoe feels spacious and a bit wobbly inside, just like the Waffle Racer 2X.

Bottom line

Pictures won’t lie; the Nike Waffle Racer Crater is head-turning. Even as the major updates on this racer are built from post-industrial manufacturing scraps, it’s far from looking rubbish. On the contrary, this retroed version of the Waffle Racer appears to be extraordinarily stylish, comfy, and surprisingly light. You might love it to the moon and back too.

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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. 


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