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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $120
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Nike Air Trainer Mid SOA History

When someone speaks of tennis, it would most likely lead to one American athlete who won several Grandslam championships in his time. Why bring up that topic? Well, McEnroe is a proud user of the very first Nike Air Trainer shoe which was still a prototype during its initial public release. It was a dream come true for both McEnroe and Nike to have a collaboration this promising and the two parties know very well that it was a mutual relationship.

Tinker Hatfield was the person behind the creation of the Nike Air Trainer and would go without saying that he was successful in doing so. Noticing the on-going trend of bringing specific shoes for a particular activity, Hatfield conceptualized footwear that bears a multi-platform function able to tackle the varied environments of basketball, running, cross-training, weight-lifting, and aerobics.

The Air Trainer 1 was released in 1987 in a Chlorophyll colorway though McEnroe had been flaunting it since 1986 quite religiously as one might add. Since then, the Nike Air Trainer 1 marked its rightful place in the shoe ethos with subsequent iterations following its majestic inauguration. Some of its brothers include the Nike Air Trainer 2, and 3 along with an SC edition. It was also revamped into a skate shoe in 2003.

In 2018, the Nike Air Trainer 1 became part of the SOA pack, an acronym which stands for Savages of Air. The SOA collection consists of three trainers mainly the Air Diamond Turf Max 96, Air Trainer SC High, and the Nike Air Trainer 1 Mid SOA. The latter honors the model’s release year by indicating an 87 mark on the heel. The said sneaker also comes in a black/blue colorway with premium blue leather overlays and forefoot strap.

Nike Air Trainer Mid SOA Style

Whether going cargo or denim, crumpled pants would always suit the Nike Air Trainer 1 Mid SOA. Folding the bottoms can also do the trick but those who want a convenient way to dress up should resort to wearing joggers. Shorts might be risky, and it depends on the pigment when partnering with a blue Nike Air Trainer 1 Mid SOA sneaker.

Fit & Sizing

Locking down in these Nike Air Trainer 1 Mid SOA shoes would be like buckling up in a racecar. The mid-top is assembled with a lace-up enclosure like its grandfather model with a supporting vamp strap nearing the toe area for complete foot security. The coveted Nike Air cushioning provides a smooth and sturdy ride.

Men can purchase a pair of these heavy-training bad boys in sizes ranging from 7 to 13 including half sizes. The men’s Nike Air Trainer Mid SOA was known to run in D medium width.

Notable Features

The black/royal blue colorway segregates itself from other Nike Air Trainer 1’s by embellishing an embroidered 87 on its lateral side. The word AIR is also generously repeated and branded at the ankle overlay near the collar.

Additional Info

  • The mid-top sneaker’s upper consists of leather and textile materials.
  • Perforations are scattered at the toe box and the medial side for breathability.
  • The iconic Nike Swoosh is composed of two tints of leather--white underneath serving as an outline and black on top.
  • The sneaker initially retailed at $120.

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