Regardless of how long you've been in the sneaker scene, there are important things every sneakerhead should know. Bill Bowerman. Ever heard of this name before? A hotshot not only in the track and field sports community but also in the footwear industry as the co-founder of Nike and most especially for developing the Swoosh brand's famed Waffle sole. It would certainly be rude not to respect Bowerman's greatest invention, so all thanks to the joint efforts of the Whitaker Group and Beaverton-based sportswear giant, the forthcoming Whitaker Group x Nike Waffle One shoe showcases a theme that pays homage to Bowerman's legendary founding and also marks the debut of the all-new Waffle One silhouette.
Taking a closer look at the official images of these kicks, sneaker addicts would instantly notice that the Waffle One draws inspiration from sacai's insanely popular LDWaffle and Undercover's Daybreak from 2019. Decked out with ultra-breathable mesh upper, premium suede overlays wrap around the mudguard, eyestays and heel region for a luxe aesthetic.
Shifting your focus elsewhere, dual-stacked heel clips at the rear provides more support for the user while giving an insane amount of comfort and unbeatable shock absorption from underfoot is an EVA midsole coated in stark yellow tones for a vintage look, very similar to the one seen on the recently announced A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 3 "White".
As for the finishing touches, the Whitaker Group grace this much anticipated Waffle One with aged detailings in the form of rusty orange accents that adorn the synthetic underlays, sock liner, and laces, further accentuated with cracking throughout the instantly recognisable black Nike Swooshes across the sides. Finally and above all, equipped underfoot is Bill's signature waffle outsole that he developed by pouring rubber into his wife's iron waffle maker all the way back in 1972, all in order to enhance the traction of running trainers.
Now for that information that you probably didn't want to hear. Expected to launch on February 26, the Whitaker Group x Nike Waffle One "The Bill" is limited to just 500 individually numbered pairs and will be releasing exclusively at James Whitner-led fashion boutique Social Status. If you're highly keen on being one of the five hundred people to be in possession of this extremely limited Waffle One colorway, then StockX is the only option available, though you have to be prepared to break the bank. In related news, the upcoming A Ma Maniére x Air Jordan 3 "White" Is as Premium as It Gets.