Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Plush: Most owners love the superior comfort of the Air sole unit.
  • Flashy: This addition to the Nike Air Trainer collection is one of the coolest-looking sneakers ever made, many buyers remark.
  • Durable: These Nike trainers are made to last, a good number of owners comment.
  • Craftsmanship: Several buyers are impressed at the Nike Air Trainer 3's amazing build quality.
  • Spot-on: The Nike Air Trainer III fits perfectly, a few owners declare.
  • Stable: A user points out that these sneakers from the Swoosh are quite supportive.

1 reason not to buy

  • Hot spot: The Nike Air Trainer 3 is a pinky toe killer, an owner gripes.

Bottom line

The 2020 release of the Nike Air Trainer 3 is just as impressive as the original. Perfect for everyday wear, these retro sneakers from Nike classics are designed to offer superior comfort and stability with its Air sole unit midfoot strap. Simply put, the Air Trainer III is an excellent all-around shoe that is just as functional as it is fashionable. 

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Nike Air Trainer 3: Unwavering versatility

In 1988, Nike launched the Bo Jackson-endorsed Nike Air Trainer III (originally called the Nike Air Trainer SC) as a follow up to their original cross-trainers. These Nike trainers became an instant hit thanks to its clean lines, visible Air unit, and a unique closure system.

Since then, the Nike Air Trainer 3 has been retroed numerous times because of its enduring style and reliable performance.

Nike Air Trainer 3 Medicine Ball

The most noteworthy colorway of the Air Trainer 3 is dubbed the 'Medicine Ball.' Inspired by Bo Jackson's training staple, these Nike sneakers feature a white upper with brown and light bone accents.

Because of its popularity, the Nike Air Trainer III 'Medicine Ball' was even featured in Spike Lee's 1989 movie "Do The Right Thing."

Nike Air Trainer 3 vs Nike Air Trainer 1

The Nike Air Trainer 1 was such a massive success that Nike designers did not make any drastic changes to its successor the Air Trainer 3. Both sneakers feature the same midsole/outsole tooling that provides enhanced comfort and stability no matter your activity.

Notable updates of the Nike Air Trainer 3

  • A TPU heel cage provides increased support.
  • Laser cutouts significantly reduce the shoe's weight and add breathability.
  • The visible Air unit ensures a comfortable ride.


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