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Nikes Were Invented In A Waffle Iron And I'm Freaking Out

Mmmmm....waffles.

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This is the Nike Waffle Trainer:

Turns out, it's not just a cute name. The very first pair of competitive Nike shoes were actually made in founder Bill Bowerman's kitchen — during breakfast — using the family waffle iron in 1970.

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This waffle iron:

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Mmmmmm....waffles.

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Bowerman, who went on to coach the 1972 US Olympic Track and Field team, just straight up poured polyurethane in that bad boy in hopes of creating a lighter alternative to heavy metal track and field cleats. to

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Waffles:

Waffle Trainer:

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Seriously. Bowerman later made a mold from the waffled rubber and Nike's first innovation was born.

::wipes drool::

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The shoes were rushed into production and handed out to runners at the US Olympic trials in Oregon that same year.

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And by 1972, they became the first Nike shoes worn in a competitive event.

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ALL BECAUSE WAFFLES ARE DELICIOUS.

Yeah, I'm going with that.
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Yeah, I'm going with that.

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