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Ideal for entry level athletes, the Nike Zoom Waffle Racer 8 is intended for 3k to 10k cross country racing.


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Nike has done it again with the Nike Zoom Waffle Racer 8 Spikeless. This class-leading cross country shoe packs race-winning technology with bold design, all at an unbeatable price. The feather light upper wraps your midfoot in a secure hold and the modified waffle outsole provides excellent grip on the course, giving you one light, responsive shoe that won't let you down on race day.

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Weight: 5.8 oz (size 9)

Sizing is based on the men's scale. Women should subtract 1 and a half sizes from their women's shoe size. Example: Women's 8.5 equals size 7.0 for this shoe.

How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Fits small; purchase 1/2 size larger than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Mid-foot: Low to Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Narrow to medium
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch height: High

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: July 2011
  • Model discontinued: Unknown
  • Heritage: Zoom Waffle Racer VII


The Nike Zoom Waffle Racer 8 is a 3k to 10k cross country shoe designed for asphalt, dirt, wood, and rubber surfaces. Updated to include a lightweight open mesh with water drainage capabilities. The Zoom Waffle Racer VII has a curved shape.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • Flashlon full length midsole is a lightweight, responsive material.
  • TPU Shank is located at the bottom of the midfoot and is a thermoplastic unit designed to improve heel to toe transition.
  • Open mesh covers large expanses of the upper, providing great breathability.
  • Microfiber Synthetic overlays are internally located in the midfoot and forefoot to further lock down the upper for a snug fit.
  • Slip Lasting involves wrapping and stitching the upper in a bootie-like shape before it is glued to the midsole to increase flexibility and decrease weight.
  • Waffle Carbon outsole design in the forefoot provides multi-surface traction and increased durability.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: At the <$25.00 closeout price on these, you can buy several pair and simply throw them away. I run obstacle races that are hard on shoes. If I ruin a pair of these, I don't feel bad about it at all.

Fit-wise, they're a little narrow but not bad. I would recommend ordering a half-size larger than your typical shoes.

They take a little longer to break in than some, more expensive shoes that I've purchased. I ended up with a blister on one foot in my first outing without socks.

I don't have a lot of pavement miles on them but the tread seems to be wearing fairly well.
From: Toby, Omaha, NE