These Nike Slides Are Pretty…Calm

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It looks like Nike is diving deeper into the foam shoe game as a new rumored slide silhouette makes rounds on the internet.

The alleged Nike Calm Slide emerges as the label’s uncompilcated slip-on take since the Benassi’s. Indeed, it’ll take a lot of work for the new slide to compete with the famed sandals that reigned supreme in households, hoop sessions, and mailbox runs.

There isn’t much to Nike Calm slides. Like its name insists, it’s pretty tame compared to past wild takes like 1017 ALYX 9SM MMW’s Zoom 005s and the Uptempo slides (whatever happened to the Ups’ drop?).

Designed with a tonal, straightforward look, the Calm slide materializes with a smooth foam upper topped with a small Swoosh.

On the insole, a rippled design appears, stamped again with Nike’s approval check – perhaps providing some grip to reduce abrasion and keep the foot locked in.

Meanwhile, down below, the Calm slide presents an Air Force 1-style sole and what looks like a Nike Grind outsole (hence, the speckled look).

Reported to release later in the Fall, sources claim the Calm slide will see a pretty sizable drop in five colorways of Black, Sail, Sesame, Geode Teal, and Jade Ice.

While it’s at the top of everyone’s mind, let’s go ahead and address the elephant in the room: the Nike Calm slide’s undeniable resemblance to the infamous Yeezy sandal.

At first glance, I thought someone had photoshopped the adidas sandal with Swooshes and a Nike sneaker-focused sole.

Sure, Swoosh’s model definitely draws cues to the popular Yeezy model, down to the puffed shape and foam construction (I agree, it’s not beating the Three-Stripe allegations).

However, Nike isn’t the only one nabbing a piece of the foam pie. The footwear’s foam-verse has exploded in the past couple of years — thanks to Prada’s chunky clogs, Kito Wares’ prehistoric slip-ons, and even the Jordan Brand’s highly-debated System.23 shoes.

The hype surrounding lounge-focused shoes made from the cushioned material builds by the day. And like adidas, who recently introduced the controversial adiFOM Q, Nike wants in on foam season, too.

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