Nike’s recent vulcanized-sole escapades have caused quite a stir among sneakerheads; some enjoy the casual look the v-sole brings but purists have lamented hybridization and yearn for truer retros. Lately, the vulcanized sole has remained the dominant allele; the latest original model (or some might say ‘victim’) is the Nike Trainer SC II 3/4. The upper features the Trainer SC II design, from the perforated upper to the dual-layer ankle spport. Gone is the multi-grooved outsole and visible Air Unit and trademark Trainer in-step strap. In fact, the two features that made the Trainer a classic – the strap and fierce midsole design – have been removed in favor of the laid-back, low-tech look. This Holiday 2010 release has been stamped with an $85 price-tag. Will it see a similar fate as the Nike Auto Force 180 which plummeted to $19.99 at Nike Outlets? Time will tell. Check out the upcoming colourways and stay tuned for more info.