Everyday sneakers you can wear all the time

A few weeks ago Nike sent me a pair of their new lifestyle shoe, the waffle, for inspection and use. The shoes are lightweight with a stacked rubber sole. The grey, black and white colorway is clean and understated. Nike plays on the “support and traction” of the shoes – a hint that these are the kind of shoes you slip on and keep for a weekend and well without a thought or regret.

That’s exactly what I did. My 12-year-old son was in a five-day baseball tournament in Marietta, GA, and I brought the Waffle One with me – the only pair in my suitcase for the entire trip (risky, I know!) — to see if they could handle the kind of hardcore parenting that a five-day baseball trip to Georgia entails. I beat the hell out of these shoes. I batted them every morning on red clay baseball diamonds. I fucked balls in the wet grass. I walked for miles before and between games to meet my fitness tracker’s daily step count. I wore them during thunderstorms. I dug my feet into it to go down to our hotel lobby for some oatmeal.

Oh, and I did most of this without the accompanying socks. The waffle features a mesh upper, so I wore the trainers all week without socks just to see and can report, with great relief, that I never had any blisters or boggy feet. I’ve worn them with mesh shorts and a t-shirt during the day and some nights I’ve worn them with chinos and a golf shirt. The waffle Hasn’t just withstood the abuse I’ve given, the added patina from sweat and dirt has given the shoe a bit of badass dad energy than a pair of pristine white pants. It’s exactly what one needs in a pair of everyday kicks.

Alex French is editor of Fatherly and has been a journalist and editor for decades with work at Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Grantland, Wired and many more. He is also co-author of Sneakerswhich will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the subject.

Darryl A. Chapin