First released in 1998, the Nike Air Ghost Racer was originally created to offer up comfort and stability to all those brave enough to take on anything more than a brisk walk. Named after US long-distance runner Mark Nenow, who acquired the nickname, ‘Ghost Racer’ due to his preference to run at night, the trainers quickly became the shoe of choice thanks to not only their emphasis on performance and accessible price point but their unique design and hauntingly impressive underfoot technology.
Having enjoyed a return to relevancy earlier in the year with a re-release of their debut neon colourway, the retro sneakers, like many of Nike’s historical heavyweights, have bid adieu to their functional-focused roots and instead opted for a more lifestyle orientated existence.
Returning in two new colourways, an equally as eye-watering, ‘Orange Peel / Aphid Green’ and more paired back, ‘Cool Grey / Wolf Grey’, the Ghost Racer keeps its original formula largely unchanged. With uppers primarily made from a lightweight, breathable mesh, the trainers boast synthetic leather overlays for added durability and come equipped with a true-to-the-original, supportive midfoot wrap. Below the trainers benefit from Nike’s now revered zoom air technology ensuring plenty of energy-return cushioning with every step and making them perfect for perusing around all your favourite local haunts.
In the looks department the now 20-year-old Nike Air Ghost Racer finds itself slotting seamlessly into today’s trends thanks to its undeniable, ’dad shoe’ charm. Through a mixture of panelling, cut out sections and textural variations the sneakers conjure a complex array of visual depth, whilst an off-kilter swoosh logo adds a subtle variation to Nike’s usual signature sign off.