Nike originated the cross-country specific shoe with their introduction of the original Waffle. In the current line it is the good, of a good, better, best option. The upper is a close-fitting closed mesh, with securing straps across the forefoot providing a visual and structural support to the foot.
The midsole is a thin wedge, not unlike that found in that first Waffle, more than 45 years ago! The outer sole has taken some liberties with that original imprint of a waffle iron, by reshaping the variety of lugs to grip in every direction. Effective with the lugs alone or even better, in sloppy conditions, with the addition of 6 screw-in spikes. The competitive price, features, and performance make the Rival Waffle an excellent Cross-Country choice.
Sizes: Men 6–13,14,15; Women 5–12
Weight: Men 7.3 oz. (size 11); Women 5.7 oz. (size 8)
Fit: snug heel, very close forefoot