At this point in the sneaker game, it’s a safe bet to assume that any popular performance sneaker will receive a “lifestyle” model sooner or later. On paper, this makes a lot of sense. Performance silhouettes are generally sleek and unique, so throwing casual materials on them and switching to a street-ready style seems like a pretty damn good idea. However, it’s not without its flaws. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Unfortunately, in the case of the recently-announced Nike Dualtone Racer … it didn’t work. If you couldn’t tell from looking at the above image, the Dualtone Racer is based off the infamous Nike Flyknit Racer, a shoe that turned the sneaker game on its head when it first released with its sleek, minimal style and incredibly unique look.