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SALUTE TO THE NIKE TRAINER: MY TOP 5 TRAINERS OF ALL TIME

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

Released: 1987

 

Nike Air Trainer 1 "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

Released: 1991

Nike Air Trainer Max '91

 

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

Released: 1991

Nike Air Trainer SC High

 

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

Released: 1992

 Nike Air Trainer Huarache

 

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

Released: 2003

Air Trainer Huarache Escape

 

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.

 

Honorable Mention

Below are a few shoes that make my honorable mention list:

 




 

About Maurice

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Maurice Smith serves as founder of Sole Obsessed. A connoisseur of the "Sneaker Culture" since his early teen years, Maurice has seen this evolving culture grow into its present status...from the beginning of the world wide web's involvement in the culture(with blogs such as "Nike Park", etc.) and no "camping out" for shoes...to the social networking based raffles and reliability of the media to increase anticipation of releases. Maurice has pursued his goals of forming a source for not only news within the sneaker culture, but an informative source for everything "pop culture"...