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9 users: 4.7 / 5
Base model: Nike Waffle Racer
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running

Verdict from 10 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • The Nike Waffle Racer Off-White delivers outstanding comfort as reported by the majority of the purchasers.
  • A good number of Nike sneakers fans say that this shoe is of great quality.
  • Some of the reviewers say that this version of the Nike Waffle Racer feels lightweight on foot.
  • A few of the purchasers mention that they love the reflector cross shoelaces.
  • A couple of buyers say that the sneaker is great as presents just like the other Nike Waffle Racer sneakers.
  • One wearer notes that this shoe is a great option for casual wear.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the critics of the Nike X Off-White Waffle Racer aren’t really enjoying the design of the silhouette. 
  • A reviewer mentions that the sneaker may feel a little weird when walking at first because of the spiked on its sole.
  • The spikes on the sole of this pair of kicks may peel off easily as reported by one of the users.

Bottom line

A new addition to the Nike X Off-White collection, the Nike Waffle Racer Off-White silhouette exhibits a “race-inspired” design which is covered in a burst of colors and notable design details. With its unique new look, this sneaker tribute from Virgil Abloh to the “athlete in progress,” delivers reliable performance and excellent comfort as agreed by most buyers.

Sporting a double lace-up enclosure with one featuring the traditional lacing system while the other is set-up in a hiking-inspired lacing system, the Nike Waffle Racer Off-White securely holds your foot down. Offered in both men’s and women’s sizing, this unisex sneaker is also built with dual-density foam midsole cushioning that delivers support and cushioning for the foot.

Athletic shoe meets the streets with an eye-catching design twist. The Nike X Off-White Waffle Racer takes things to the next level with its head-turner design and classic appeal. Carrying the DNA of the original Nike Waffle Racer within the silhouette, this pair of race-inspired kicks delivers an athletic vibe with a casual yet bold appearance.

Styling up your pair of Off-White Waffle Racer may come as a challenge with its unique design but it also allows you to free your fashion boldness and be experimental and creative with your outfits. Keep safe and sporty with a t-shirt and joggers or stay simple yet stylish with the traditional t-shirt and slim-fitting jeans.

Taking the design foundation developed by Bill Bowerman, the Nike X Off-White Waffle Race sports the translucent nylon upper construction that sits atop its rubber sole. In addition to this collaborative design is the spikes on its outsole and its hiking cord laces fastening the shoe at anchor points just like the outdoor gear. 

One of Nike’s most iconic silhouettes today, the Nike Waffle Racer was initially introduced in 1974. The silhouette plays a big role in the history of the Swoosh brand as it was the first running shoe Nike has released which was created thanks to Bill Bowerman’s waffle maker. Bowerman was desperate to find a solution on how to successfully shift runners from the crushed cinder track into the artificial cement track. That led him to fiddle with his waffle iron and it turned out to be an “almost perfect”  mold for a running shoe outsole.

From that little experiment, the Nike Waffle Racer was born and it was reportedly responsive, impact absorbent, and an efficient running shoe for different running surfaces. With top-quality performance, the Waffle Racer was considered as the “first major innovation” that restructured the mechanics of the footwear industry. The original Waffle Racer silhouette was manufactured in Japan and it featured a nylon upper construction and came in the red and white colorway.

The Nike Waffle Racer has witnessed various kinds of alterations over the years and multiple versions of the sneaker were released. In December of 2019, Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label and the Nike brand teamed up for a Waffle Racer collaborative release, the Nike Waffle Racer Off-White. The collab sneaker exhibits a design foundation that was taken from Bill Bowerman’s original Waffle Racer design. 

  • The Nike X Off-White Waffle Racer comes in three striking colorways namely, “White,” “Black,” and “Vivid Sky.”
  • Virgil Abloh’s Off-White “personal stamp” such as the zip-tie that is at the laces of the sneaker.

Size and fit

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Large (14%)
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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com