By now, it is crystal clear that the pandemic has reconfigured the way we get dressed. Some of these changes make perfect sense (more cozy sweatpants) while others skew a bit more perplexing (water shoes?). Either way, leave it to Nike to capture the moment in one of the brand’s latest and most unexpected silhouettes. Enter the Offline, a part-sandal, part-mule that feels very of the moment.
The comfort wave is cresting in more esoteric corners of menswear for several seasons now, and the Nike Offline, billed as the “anti-sneaker,” seems to fit right into that genre. The Swoosh states that comfort is at the heart of the Offline’s design, which feels like the truth. There is the plush drop-in sole, strategically placed padding, and cushioned straps. It feels akin to the tech-heavy sandals made by Japanese brand Suicoke, which continues