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Fact: A waffle iron inspired one of the first pairs of Nikes

Bill Bowerman was a track and field coach in the 1950s who didn’t like how running shoes were made. He first created the Cortez shoe, but still wanted to make a shoe even lighter that could be worn on various surfaces. During a waffle breakfast with his wife in 1970, the idea came to him of using the waffle texture on the sole of running shoes. The waffle sole shoe made their appearance in the 1972 U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene.

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pkin38

Thanks racoonstar .. my wafflemaker took a dive and I never replaced it ..:-)))

Thanks Shirley .. It sure did .. :-)))

Shian2

Thanks, Pat, the waffle breakfast worked out very well for Mr Bill Bowerman .

racoonstar

I like waffles.
My wafflemaker is round.

pkin38

Lorna that is so true .. :-)))

Cyndi .. I never thought that's what inspired the waffle sole .. :-)))

kimch .. :-)))

LD it surely is . :-)))

Fran .. It was .. :-)))

bookish

Brilliant idea.

Dilubreuer

Thanks for that info Pat. Amazing how things inspire people to be creative.

I echo what Cyndi said. Many thanks for this great series, Pat!

Isaly

What an interesting fact today. By putting the shoe up next to the waffle iron you can see how it came about. I really love this series!

goingsilver

Amazing how one invention will inspire another! Thanks Pat.

pkin38

You aren't the only one Sandi .. Thanks .. Hugs

SandiT

And I have tracked in mud from the garden onto the floor ever since their invention. :-)))