The Bode x Nike Astro Grabber SP is a slice of archival greatness 

The Bode x Nike Astro Grabber SP is a slice of archival greatness 

by Ollie Cox
3 min

You’d be forgiven for not knowing much about the Nike Astro Grabber, the sleek American football cleat first introduced in 1974. Now, with the help of Bode, it’s coming back, bringing a nostalgic energy into Nike’s sneaker collaborations.

The silhouette was first teased in Bode’s Fall/Winter 2024 lookbook and caught the attention of sneakerheads and menswear enthusiasts alike, thanks to its sporty spin on classic Americana, and it’s very nearly here. The dual-branded sneaker leans into Bode’s vintage aesthetic, which has struck a chord with the fashion set thanks to its historical reproductions and workwear aesthetics. 

The Astro Grabber was designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and first introduced in 1974 as an American Football sneaker. In honour of the shoe’s roots, Bode shared a series of archival black-and-white game shots where Nike’s standout Swoosh is front and centre. These aren’t just any photographs. They’re images taken by Nike’s first-ever employee, Jeff Johnson and Emily’s father Bruce, who played defensive tackle for his high school football team in Massachusetts. These historic images reflect Bode’s nostalgia for the past, and the collaboration’s alignment with the brand, where an authentic understanding of the shoe’s sporting history is demonstrated.

Bode founder Emily Adams Bode Aujla shared the story behind the collection. “My dad graduated high school in Massachusetts in June of 1971. His senior year as co-captain and defensive tackle, and the three years of playing football prior, shaped his character for the rest of his life. This same year, Nike was tasked with developing a football shoe to solve the problem of astroturf, a new synthetic turf that was only just recently being used on Pac 12 football fields (USC, UCLA, U of O).” 

This collaboration arrives at an interesting time in the sneaker landscape. Consumers are favouring archival styles from brands such as Adidas, who have dominated with the Rishi Sunak-worn Samba, Gazelle, and Spezial models, as well as styles such as Onitsuka Tiger’s Mexico 66 sneaker. The reintroduction of an archival style from Nike could see new energy put into Nike’s collaborative sneaker offering, which many sneaker enthusiasts have been asking for. 

Bode’s nostalgia-driven approach to luxury ensures an authentic reintroduction to the marketplace for the archival sneaker. The New York label’s emphasis on historical techniques is reflected across the trainer’s material construction. A “Black” version is crafted from luxury leather, and a “Natural” colourway features a cream, easy-on-the-eye textured canvas, creating a balanced contrast with the Swoosh branding on the sidewall. Both styles are extremely wearable, positioning the shoe as an easy-wearing, low-profile addition to Nike’s collaborative offering and a solid re-issue of the archival sneaker.

Bode’s sentimental approach reflects its “belief of the American commitment to sports and recreation as vital to our understanding of virtue, community, and national history. For this project, I explored the early stories of Nike by way of their Oregon archives and through multiple conversations with employee number one, Jeff Johnson.” 

The Bode x Nike Nike Astro Grabber SP will be available from the Bode website, Nike, SNKRS app, and select retailers. 

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