The 1970s are arguably the golden era of Nike footwear, the decade produced some of Nike’s most legendary running shoes that still inspire their designs 40 years later. Similar in design to some of the Oregon-based brand’s other classics – namely LDV and Air Tailwind ’79 – the Daybreak features an early revolutionary piece of Nike technology: the Waffle outsole. Few brands are lauded for their outsoles, but back in the ’70s, the search for a sole that wouldn’t lose grip on a variety of surfaces led to the invention of the legendary Waffle outsole. The story of Nike founder Bill Bowerman’s invention has made its way into the history of the footwear industry: apparently, Bill’s eureka moment came while sitting over a plate of waffles at the breakfast table. Experimenting with replacing batter with urethane, the waffle iron outsole was a game-changer, offering adhesive-like grip on a variety of treads. Known as a groundbreaking Nike silhouette, the Nike Daybreak was built with a nylon and suede upper, an EVA midsole and a waffle outsole that provides shock absorption and traction in equal measure. An additional Cup insole ensures that pressure is increased and distributed across the entire foot.