14 Nike Sneaker Collaborations You Should Know and Buy, From Sacai to Jacquemus

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The Waffle’s heritage proves that in a world of sneaker abundance, the original is always better. Today, Nike’s holy grail, Bowerman’s waffle iron, resides at Nike headquarters along with a handful of Bill’s handmade shoe treads. Half a century after its contribution to sneaker folklore, a story of imagination, inventiveness and style so cool it might have you stopping a stranger on the street lives on.

Here are the Nike sneaker collaborations that honor the Waffle as the street-style throwback shoe that never really left.

In their first-ever partnership, Nike and Jacquemus are celebrating Nike’s 50th anniversary with a collection of apparel and footwear, which launched this summer. The duo’s fashion-sports collaboration combines a vintage ACG trail shoe aesthetic, elements of the original 1997 Humara, Air cushioning and a waffle outsole.

Nike Air Humara x Jacquemus LX Sail sneakers

Nike Air Humara x Jacquemus ale brown and gold sneakers

The Japanese luxury brand first collaborated with Nike in 2015, when NikeLab turned to Sacai to create a capsule clothing collection that marries sportswear and fashion. With a focus on Nike’s most original styles, Sacai first reimagined the Waffle in 2019 with a classic black and white iteration. A successful collaboration, Sacai continues to release limited edition Waffle shoes alongside Nike and third collaborators, such as Fragment, Clot and Undercover.

Waffle/Sacai Nike LDV Sneakers

Nike x Sacai LD embossed black nylon sneakers

Nike and Sacai have teamed up with Japanese streetwear brand Undercover to create special-edition Waffle models. Together the trio recreated the LDWaffle, a combination of the LDV and Waffle Racer styles, in a new deconstructed version incorporating new materials and colors. Undercover also collaborated with Nike on the Daybreak, a style that is part of the extended Waffle family.

Nike LD waffle x Sacai x Undercover black and bright lemon sneakers

Nike x Undercover Daybreak Trainers

Another Japanese label, Fragment, has teamed up with Nike and Sacai to create a timeless version of the LDWaffle, which combines Waffle Daybreak and LDV styles. Available in Blue Black and Light Smoke Grey, designers have added signature features to this waffle including the double tongue and double Swoosh.

Nike x Sacai x Fragments LD waffle sneakers

Nike x Sacai x Fragments LD waffle sneakers

The Hong Kong-based streetwear brand founded by former popstar Edison Chen and entrepreneur Kevin Boon, Clot first collaborated with Nike in 2006. In a partnership that connects Eastern and Western culture through footwear , Clot reimagined the Nike Waffle alongside Sacai, designing a version that incorporates semi-translucent mesh and new colorways.

Nike x Clot x Sacai LD Waffle Cool Gray Trainers

Nike x Sacai x Clot x LD waffle net orange blaze sneakers

Off-White’s Virgil Abloh and Nike joined forces in 2019 to create a Waffle Racer built for speed and optimized for style. Designed in various palettes that incorporate bold pops of color, Abloh’s Runner is a futuristic running shoe that incorporates Nike’s original Waffle outsole.

Nike x Off-White waffle racer SP sneakers

Nike x Off-White Waffle Racer Vivid Sky Women’s Trainers

The highly anticipated versatile shoe, made in collaboration with American contemporary artist Tom Sachs, was designed with the belief that “your sneakers shouldn’t be the most interesting thing about you”. The shoe has been marketed as “boring” and features a gray and blue palette with a gum outsole as well as a sulfur and cream version.

Nike x Tom Sachs General Purpose Trainers

Nike x Tom Sachs General Purpose Trainers

Nike has teamed up with the Netflix series stranger things in 2019 to collaborate on a number of styles, including the Nike Air Tailwind 79, in anticipation of the show’s season three release. The collaboration highlights styles that would suit the setting of the 1985 series and reflect the colors of the series’ school, Hawkins High School.

Nike x Stranger Things x Air Tailwind 79 OG Collection Sneakers

Nike Air Tailwind QS Trainers

In collaboration with Boston-based boutique Concepts, Nike has released a series of Air Max 1s that incorporate the original Waffle-style outsole. Featuring mixed materials and patterns inspired by late ’60s counterculture, each sneaker’s fabrics are hallmarks of the hippie movement’s music festivals, including cashmere, denim and tie-dye.

Nike x Concepts AirMax 1 Far Out Sneakers

Nike x Concepts AirMax 1 low-top trainers

Jerry Lorenzo, designer and founder of Fear of God, first collaborated with Nike in 2018 to develop a collection. Their Air Skylon 2 was released soon after in two versatile colors, Light Bone and Black Fog. A spin-off of a vintage running silhouette, the style incorporates Nike’s waffle-style outsole while taking on a sleek, modern look.

Nike Air Skylon II Fear of God Sneakers

Nike Air Skylon II Fear of God black sneakers

In partnership with the famous Japanese fashion label, Nike released their all-black Waffle Racer in February 2020 exclusively at Dover Street Market. Paying homage to the vintage element of the shoe, the collaborative design preserved the classic silhouette while blending a distressed look with a modern, monochromatic twist.

Nike x Comme des Garçons waffle marathon running shoes/sneakers

The Nike Challenger is a reinterpretation of the OG sneaker designed in the late 70s. Nike reinvented this shoe for the first time in 2020 and has since released vibrant colorways that breathe new life into this silhouette while maintaining its retro feel. of origin.

Nike Challenger OG low-top trainers

Nike Challenger OG coastal sneakers blue red

Representing Nike’s running heritage and the face of the Waffle sneaker family, the Waffle One incorporates sheer mesh, suede details and bold colors into one of the brand’s most archetypal designs.

Women’s Nike waffle one shoes

Women’s Nike waffle one shoes

An original icon, the Waffle Trainer recalls the ’70s style that has made history and influenced many Nike silhouettes and collaborations over the past 50 years. The newer colorways, specifically the University Gold and Blue, are a nod to the very first colorways of the shoe.

Nike waffle 2 lace-up trainers

Nike waffle trainer 2 SD men’s shoes

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