Known as a pioneering Nike silhouette, the Daybreak was constructed with a nylon and suede upper, simple foam midsole and Waffle-bottom outsole. Recognized for its irreverent color combinations, the Daybreak arrives 40 years later with modern updates while staying true to the original silhouette.
The 1970s is arguably the golden-era of Nike footwear, the decade birthed some of Nike’s most iconic running shoes which still go on to inspire their designs over 40 years later. Similar in design to some of the Oregon-based brand’s other classic styles – namely the LDV and Air Tailwind ’79 – the Daybreak boasts an early revolutionary piece of Nike tech: the Waffle outsole.
Few brands are commended for their outsoles, but back in the ’70s, Nike founder Bill Bowerman’s quest for a sole that wouldn’t lose grip on a range of surfaces led to the invention of the iconic Waffle outsole. The tale of its invention has gone down in footwear folklore: apparently, Bill’s eureka moment came while sitting at breakfast table over a plate of waffles. Experimenting with swapping out batter for urethane, the waffle-iron made outsole was a game-changer, providing glue-like grip on a range of running surfaces.
This new Nike Daybreak »Rugged Orange« comes in an orange colorway with beige details. The white midsole and the black outsole make the look complete.