The Nike Waffle Debut is one of the latest lifestyle sneakers introduced in 2022 that we’ll have a look at today and review its features. This model is part of the Waffle series that has its origins in the early 70’s when Bill Bowerman designed the Waffle trainer. At that time it was considered one of the most performant running shoes on the market while also having a distinct look with its waffle machine pattern outsole. Nike has used this idea to expand the series over the years with models like the Nike Waffle One, Nike Waffle Trainer 2 or even the DBreak. All these sneakers are considered athletic sneakers nowadays and they were all made part of the streetwear culture. 

How They Fit

Fast forward in 2022 Nike introduced the Waffle Debut, a simple, budget friendly silhouette made for casual wear. We got our hands on a pair in navy and white that was released that same year. At a first look the shoes look simple and stylish which makes them pretty easy to match with almost anything. They are a bit narrow, especially in the toe area which made me go a bigger size. So while they run true to size, most may want to go up half a number. If unsure about your size you can check out this Nike size chart. They feel very comfortable but they need a bit of break in due to the above mentioned size adjustment and the suede overlays.

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The upper of the Nike Waffle Debut is made of a Nylon base with synthetic suede overlays. The brand wanted to keep the cost down on these so the materials are pretty basic overall from top down with none of their flagship technologies involved. The nylon upper is quite durable and protective while it also delivers some decent air flow. The oversized Swoosh logo dominates the design while its elongations in the form of the hell tabs amplifies the bulky look that has been trending for a while. There is some good amount of cushioning in the heel area while the tongue features the signature retro exposed foam. All in all the upper is pretty standard for a casual retro shoe, something that we expected to find in our Nike Waffle Debut review. 

Sole Unit 

The simplicity of the materials used for the Nike Debut Waffle is also found in the sole unit. Aside from the typical removable EVA insole this sneaker features an oversized re-engineered EVA midsole that also acts like a cupsole on the inside for added support. While on the outside looks higher in the heel area than the forefront, on the inside the heel to toe drop is much smaller. This adds some stability in the heel area which makes it more versatile. While is primarily an everyday athletic shoe, it can be used for light athletic activities and even in the gym. The outsole is made of a durable rubber material featuring the pattern that made the Waffle series so popular. Other than its specific looks it is still pretty performant when it comes to traction.

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Are Nike Waffle Debut Running Shoes?

While it draws inspiration from the iconic Waffle series, which originated as a high-performance running shoe in the ’70s, the Waffle Debut itself is primarily designed as a lifestyle sneaker for casual wear. It is a versatile shoe, however, so aside its every day use is it suitable for light athletic activities such as short or slow paced runs and gym use, mainly due to the re-engineered EVA midsole and durable rubber outsole that contribute to the shoe’s overall performance.

Are Nike Waffle Debut Comfortable?

The Nike Waffle Debut is a very comfortable shoe given by the upper padding, EVA insert and the sole unit, with an oversized re-engineered EVA midsole that offers support and stability. The mesh upper is also very accommodating, making it easy to mold on your feet. Overall, the Nike Waffle Debut is a comfortable and affordable everyday sneaker.

Bottom Line 

To conclude our Nike Waffle Debut review, this is an excellent every day sneaker that offers a great value given its $75 retail price tag. You can make it your everyday go to sneaker, a “beater” as some may say. It is a retro spin-off at an affordable price, ,much like the ASICS Lyte Classic. It will last you for a while and it will make your money spent worthwhile. If still not convinced , the adidas Kaptir 3.0 is a worthy alternative.