Nike has a rich history when it comes to their running heritage. The brand co-founders, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, worked together as athlete and coach at the University of Oregon. Their passion for the sport of running resulted in the development of trainers, and eventually the birth of Nike. The Nike Daybreak is one of the brand’s premier running models in the late 70s.

Most people can now recognise the Daybreak since Nike brought them back from the vault recently. But this shoe has a lot of history, especially as one of the running shoes released in 1979.

The Tailwind may be more popular due to it being the first Nike shoe with Air cushioning, but the Daybreak is not just any random crep. Both shoes came out in the same year, with different experiences to offer for runners.

The Nike Daybreak features a simple construction but it’s a serious running trainer during its time. Nylon comprises the main body of the shoe while suede overlays on the toe and heel reinforce the upper.

Nike Swooshes appear on the sides while old-school Nike labels adorn the tongue and heel.

A thick EVA foam wedge midsole provides decent cushioning to protect your feet from impacts when running. Bill Bowerman’s signature waffle sole makes up the rubber outsole for that reliable traction.

Nike reissued the shoe as a nod to the brand’s running heritage. It’s not a suitable running shoe anymore but it’s a great casual footwear choice!

Shop for the latest Nike Daybreak releases below and cop your next pair.

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