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2024: The Year Of The Y2K Runner

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The 00s called and it wants its trainers back, but we'll be keeping these retro-inspired Nike Runners right where they belong - right here, right now. 

Is nothing off limits these days? For anyone born after 1989, the early 00s will feel like a not too distant past; a teenage era hardly worthy of revisiting for its inventory of big baggy jeans and butterfly clips. And yet, Y2K fashion is booming. Said jeans are reclaiming wardrobe space, gleaming wraparound shades have reaffirmed themselves as a summer staple, and those mesh-covered retro sneakers synonymous with Y2K style? They've never been hotter. Yes, you read that right – the exact same shoes once laced-up beneath your popper sports trousers are back on top, and somehow, they don’t look remotely dated. Now millennials have personal style on their side and a whole new generation can give their hot take on the runner trainers trend, they feel modern, fresh and genuinely cool.

Fondly dubbed ‘dad’ shoes have been gaining traction for a while now, thanks to performance-oriented footwear juggernauts like Asics, Salomon, and Nike. But it’s the latter’s latest crop of Y2K-indebted retro sneakers that are driving the trend to the top in 2024. With the arrival of Nike’s V2K Run, the brand is giving something more than what’s come before. Nike are, of course, gifted when it comes to knowing exactly which parts of the past to revisit from the archives and it’s like they’ve snagged the coolest elements, and sprinkled a dash of what they know just for good measure. The result? A runner that's a little sportier perhaps. A little more mesh. Chunkier soles. Bolder colour. The overall aesthetic is slicker and more futuristic than their dadly predecessors. As likely to paired with a slouchy summer suit as they are your favourite Princess Di-inspired cycle shorts and sweatshirts combo.

And who could forget the P-6000, the reigning champion of chunky for any sneakerhead with a penchant for noughties swag. Reborn at the turn of 2019, it fuses the early 00s vibes with a modern twist with its distinctive silhouette and mesh overlays – a design that is the combination of two models of the brand’s globally-loved Pegasus, the ‘25’ and the ‘2006. You’d never get away with wearing these with tailoring, but you’re not supposed to. These are for days when you feel like digging deep into Depop for the full 00s experience: crop tops, cargo trousers, oversized denim jackets and wider-than-wide jeans. Go bold or go home.

So if the vintage runner revival feels right for ’24 vibe, scroll on – these are the styles to get you there. From the newly launched womens V2K run to the faithful P-6000, see which styles are on our radar for the year ahead below.  

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Nike V2K Run Shoes - White

This shoe takes retro into the future, from 2004 to 2024. The new V2K Run remasters everything sneakerheads love about the Nike Vomero 5 (hello to those translucent plastic accents) in a look pulled straight from an early '00s running catalogue. The chunky sole forms the solid foundation for this flashforward-throwback look, layered up with a mixture of airy mesh, flashy metallics, referential plastic details and a midsole with a perfectly vintage aesthetic. In classic white, they'll go with everything too.

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Nike V2K Run Shoes - White

Need a little more oomph from you box-fresh whites? Tennis green plastic details and a suble cream accent on the sole give the V2K Run an unexpectedly elevated feel without losing its sportswear appeal.

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Nike V2K Run Shoes - Black

Black trainers are a wardrobe staple, but we wouldn't exactly call these basics. Heavy on mesh, loaded up on glossy plastic details, these are subtle in colour but statement on style.

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Nike P-6000 Shoes - White

A mash-up of two icons of Pegasus' past, the Nike P-6000 features breathable mesh with horizontal and vertical overlays for a Y2K running look that is as striking as, say, a majestic winged horse. Drawing on the design of the Nike Pegasus 25 and 2006, its plays on the traditional performance aesthetic but let's be real - these are for lazing, stomping and strutting, not running. Add to baggy denim and start living your 00s girl band fantasy stat.

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Nike P-6000 Shoes - Grey

Retro running style meets all-day comfort for the streets, with an ultra cushioned sole and flashes of metallics. They're a bit too fancy for your dad, let's face it.

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Nike P-6000 Shoes - White

Flashes of pink, shocks of yellow - the runner gets girly. Perfect if you're a fan of the chunky trainer trend but haven't committed to the full dad look thus far.

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Nike Initiator Women's Shoes - Grey

Put in the style and the miles with the Nike Initiator. It has a breathable upper with a soft, cushioned design that helps you hit your stride with confidence while delivering a look straight from a TLC music video. Obsessed.

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Nike Tech Hera Women's Shoes - Green

Inspired by early-2000s running, the Tech Hera is here to fulfil all of your chunky sneaker wishes. The wavy lifted midsole and suede accents level up your look while its comfortable, durable design holds up beautifully to everyday wear—which is perfect, because you'll definitely want to wear these every day.

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Nike Zoom Vomero 5 Women's Shoes - Grey

Richly layered textiles, leather and plastic accents that come together to make one of the coolest sneakers of the season.

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