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The Genealogy of Nike Training

January 16th, 2014 by / 16

The sole purpose of training is to achieve a physical goal with the utmost in preparation, attacking the task at hand with the “you got this” mentality. Since 1987, Nike has fervently pushed the Trainer as the be-all-end-all footwear option for those willing to put in the work to get things done. It started with the Air Trainer 1, a shoe that Tinker Hatfield created with no particular athlete in mind, but it was Bo Jackson’s emergence as the ultimate do-it-all athlete that made the earlier Air Trainer line his own. What followed was a series of designs and other signature models for Barry Sander, Michael Vick, Darrelle Revis, and more names that align with the “elite” category, and ends at the newly unveiled Nike Lunar 180 Trainer SC. Walk through this Genealogy of Nike Training for a time-line of significant designs and short descriptions of each and let let us know which classic (or contemporary) Trainer model you like best.

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Guys, you have made several huge errors in this article.

Firstly, You have the two Air Trainer SCs around the wrong way. The one marketed as the SC today is actually the SC 3. The shoe marketed today as the Air Trainer 2 is the original SC1.

Secondly, the two Air Trainer Huarache's are around the wrong way. The lower cut one is the Air Trainer huarache 2. The higher cut with the single midfoot strap is the original one.


Air Veer and Air Max 2 94 are the best looking of them all. 


Maaan I remember being in Middle School when them first Deion Sanders came out!!! Them things was soo fire, I can't remember what nikes I had maybe the Jr. Seau's but I wanted them bad as hell. Brought back memories SN!!

baby gerald
baby gerald

OK- where's the Air Trainer 3 (aka the original Air Trainer SC) in medicine ball. That and no Air Trainer TW or TW2 (which we now get as an SB bastardization). Weird, too, how the Air Trainer 1 in the photo has a nylon mesh toebox.  I've never seen one like that in the original chlorophyll colorway.  

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