Let’s flash back to the 1980s. The hair was big, the jackets were denim, and the Sony Walkman cassette player was revolutionizing how people listened to music. The world of sports was changing too, as athletes were getting faster and stronger than ever before and needed a shoe that could keep up.
When it came time to work out, they needed to bring multiple different shoes: one for running, one for lifting, and one for court exercises. These athletes deserved a shoe that could do it all — one that was as versatile and dynamic as they were. And lucky for them, Tinker Hatfield was on the case.
In 1987, the legendary sneaker designer went to his lab and emerged with the Nike Air Trainer 1. After numerous visits to the gym to study how modern athletes worked out, he had crafted a shoe that was stable enough to lift in, light enough to run in, and comfortable enough to play sports in.
The Air Trainer 1 had a forefoot strap for total lockdown during lateral cuts and featured Nike Air technology for advanced cushioning and comfort. Its high-cut style and redesigned heel lift helped it bridge the gap between runner and court shoe. It was, without a doubt, the jack-of-all-trades training shoe that Nike hoped it would be, and it helped birth the cross-training movement. But it was somehow even more than that: it was a fashion staple too.
It started with tennis star John McEnroe, who was given an early prototype of the Air Trainer 1. He started training in them, and loved their performance and stability so much that he started wearing them during matches. Before long, other elite athletes and cultural icons like Bo Jackson were rocking the shoe and its popularity skyrocketed.
Flash forward over 30 years later, and the shoe that started a movement is making a comeback. The new Nike Air Max Trainer 1 takes design and style inspirations from that classic ’87 trainer and reinvigorates it for the 21st century.
The heel unit is now packed with Max Air to ensure that you’ll get maximum comfort during every move you make. A supportive mesh/leather upper and durable rubber outsole keep this shoe versatile, comfortable, and durable.
The Air Max Trainer 1 even has an updated version of the OG’s forefoot strap for lockdown support. One of the first colorways pays homage to the original’s classic grey, white, and green ‘Chlorophyll’ look.
In other words, the new Nike Air Max Trainer 1 is the best of both worlds. It’s upgraded for today’s modern athlete, but keeps the elements that made the original great in the first place.
The Nike Air Max Trainer 1 is available now at eastbay.com.
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