With the recent release of the Nike Air Trainer Max ’91 ‘Bo Knows’, we’ve decided to take you down memory lane, listing my “Top 5” Nike Trainers of all time. This list is my personal “Top 5”, in no particular order, and does not represent the opinions of the entire Sole Obsessed staff.
1. Nike Air Trainer 1 “Chlorophyll”
Color: White/Black/Neutral Grey/Chlorophyll
Originally released in 1987, the Nike Air Trainer 1 marked the beginning of the cross training era. This was Nike’s original cross training shoe, designed by Tinker Hatfield and Eric Avar. Nike’s goal was to produce a shoe that represented the dual sport athlete, a cross trainer which athletes could use to train for track, basketball, baseball, tennis and other sports. Bo Jackson played a key role in the marketing and success of the Nike Air Trainer 1 as this was one of the first shoes endorsed by Jackson.
2. Nike Air Trainer Max ’91
Color: Greystone/Medium Yellow/Black/White
The Nike Air Trainer Max was released in 1991. This version featured a “Greystone” suede upper with black, white and yellow accents. The shoe was recognizable by its strap system, cutaway ankle and collar which was a prerequisite to the Huarache which launched the following year.
3. Nike Air Trainer SC III High ‘Auburn’
Color: White/Light Zen Grey/Total Orange/Stealth
The Air Trainer SC III or Air Trainer SC High has been retroed multiple times since its debut in 1991. This shoe released in both a low and high model resulting offering versatility in athletic training. The above version, also dubbed the name ‘Auburn’ is one of my favorites of all time. The shoe is made of a leather upper which is mostly white with hints of blue, orange and grey throughout. Performance specifications include Superior shock absorption a visible Air Sole unit and Nike Air Sole unit in the front sole as well as support bands. Unlike previous trainers released by Nike, this shoe did not feature a strap.
4. Nike Air Trainer Huarache
Color: Black/Black/Medium Grey/White
The Air Trainer Huarache released Spring ’92 following the success of the Huarache runner in late ’91. This shoe bought a new level of comfort and versatility with its padded lycra inner bootie. Much of the upper was cut away resulting in a light weight, well ventilated shoe. The trainer also featured a mid-foot strap finished in plastic guaze to maintain the ventilation and help with support.
As my #1 all time favorite shoe, I’ve personally had at least 6 pairs of this colorway from its original release in 1992 to the 2002 10 year anniversary release and the most recent retro. Seeing the beginning of the cross trainer era evolve to the release of the Huarache was cutting edge. From the inner bootie/sock to the shoes lightweight feel, this was a high performance shoe for its time…not to mention they look good.
As far as the color way, the shoes were made of a black suede upper with a white midsole. They featured a black support strap and grey suede accents on the toe and heel. The shoe wasn’t officially endorsed by Bo Jackson, but the colorway does remind you of the Los Angeles Raiders or Chicago Whitesox(who else rocked their Huaraches with their White Sox Starter jacket?).
5. Air Trainer Huarache ‘Escape’
Color: Bisque/Storm grey/Rope/Neutral grey
Last but not least are the Air Trainer Huarache ‘Escape’ edition, which were part of the ‘Escape’ pack released in 2003. The pack not only included this pair of Huaraches, but the Air Max 90, Air Max 93 and a pair of low top runner Huaraches, all in the same colorway were released as well. The color consists of a brown suede upper with a black mid-sole strap. The shoe has a green inner-sock liner and white midsole. These were a limited release back in ’03, a must have for collectors.
Below are a few shoes that make my honorable mention list: