We’ve been anxiously awaiting a closer look at the hotly anticipated Bode x Nike Astro Grabber since it was initially rumored in late 2023. Confirmed last month with the release of official imagery for the Bode Fall/Winter 2024 collection, which featured the sleek black and white waffle-soled sneakers as a central part of the Bode Recreation capsule, we haven’t heard a whole lot about the Astro Grabber besides what we’ve been able to glean from those precious few campaign glimpses.
But we got some more answers this week, from an unlikely source: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roquan Smith’s recent interview with GQ Sports, in which he breaks down his absolutely spectacular AFC Championship fit. Front and center are none other than the Nike x Bode Astro Grabbers themselves in all their glory, with some of the most detailed close-ups of the silhouette that we’ve yet seen—both on feet as part of Smith’s very clutch ensemble and entirely on their own.
As predicted, the shoe looks to be a premium, contemporary update of the classic Nike football shoe, which was designed in the mid-’70s by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and was created to offer improved traction on astroturf. The luxe feel combines beautifully with the shoe’s overall vintage aesthetic, with detailing that reflects the handmade quality Bode is known for. It also makes a perfect kind of sense that we’re seeing this shoe up close for the first time courtesy of Roquan Smith; the original Nike Astro Grabber was made famous as the official shoe of quarterback Dan Fouts, so we’re continuing with a slice of football history.
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