What food device was the inspiration behind an early design for Nike running shoes?
A. The popover baking pan
B. The garlic press
C. Tupperware bowls
D. The waffle iron
After using his wife’s waffle iron to imprint patterned grips on the soles of a new type of shoe, Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman applied for a patent in 1972. Bowerman later founded Nike which went on to manufacture running shoes with waffle-shaped rubber studs on the soles for better traction according to Smithsonian.com.