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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

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Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

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Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

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- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

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We spent 7.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers appreciated the bold retro colors of Nike Internationalist Mid.
  • Most testers felt comfortable while wearing this pair.
  • The Nike Internationalist Mid runs true to size, revealed by many users.
  • A handful of users liked the lightness of this sneaker.
  • Most of the users described the Internationalist Mid as versatile and stylish.
  • It is offered at a very reasonable price.
  • This pair provides optimal arch support, said many users.
  • Some users praised the vintage look of this pair.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers did not like that the Internationalist Mid gets dirty easily.
  • Some criticized its narrow width.
  • One user revealed that one disadvantage that he found is that this pair needs a break in period.

Bottom line

The Nike Internationalist Mid was described as a cult model during the 80s. It became one of the Nike’s classic models and set the tone for Nike’s running shoe appeal during that time. It received an upgrade in 2014 and currently exhibits a classic mid-cut running design. It has an ultra light cushioning system in the midsole and the combination of nylon, mesh and premium suede upper for optimal comfort and durability.

The outsole has a waffle pattern for traction and has a pull tab on the heel for easiness in taking them on and off. The Internationalist Mid runs true to size and is described as lightweight. Although the Internationalist was originally made for running, most testers do not recommend running with this pair. Overall, by reviewing all the pros this shoe delivers offered at a very reasonable price, no wonder this shoe is highly recommended by sneaker enthusiasts.



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Nike Internationalist Mid History

Nike first released the Internationalist in the early 80s. The famous Alberto Salazar was commissioned by Nike to co-develop a shoe for running. He joined the 1982 New York Marathon wearing his personalized Internationalist sneakers and won the said event. Experts and fans partly credited his win to the sneakers he used and that helped this silhouette raise into the limelight. During the same year, Nike aired their first ever television commercial and that paved way for the Internationalist to be recognized globally. For several decades, the Internationalist was labelled as “the” shoe for distance running.

In 1985, Internationalist unexpectedly dominated the world of entertainment. In the teen movie “The Breakfast Club”, one character named Brian, donned this pair during their well-known dance scene “Of the Gang”. This episode further helped the Internationalist become notable for many sneaker fans during that time.

On the 30th birthday of the original version, Nike reintroduced the Internationalist last 2014 displaying a mid cut silhouette. They revealed a pair with higher ankle and retained the traditional suede, mesh and nylon upper finished with brilliant colorway combinations. The shoe still offers a durable comfort and rubber outsole  with waffle pattern for ultimate traction.

Nike Internationalist Mid Style

This retro inspired pair are truly built for the streets with various surfaces. While it is specifically designed for running and became the top choice for long distance running during the 80s, this pair is also perfect for casual wear.  Many of the wearers sport these sneakers during casual events wearing their favorite pair of jeans or shorts, combined with tees or polo shirt and finish it off with their favorite trucker hat or sunnies.

Fit & Sizing

The lace-up front and padded collar on the ankle make this pair a very comfortable one. This shoe is being offered in an extensive array of colors for men and women in medium width. Men can choose sizes from 6 to 14 US while women can pick from sizes 5-11.5 US.

Notable Features

The Mid cut version of the Nike Internationalist became prominent to most users because it perfectly blended the mesh-nylon-suede upper in a wide variety of colors. The bold retro color combinations gave the buyers wide range of choices thus giving them much freedom in choosing their perfect pair. Aside from the colorway, the aerodynamic shape it exhibits gave the wearers an attractive and lightweight design.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Internationalist Mid is made with a breathable combination of nylon, mesh and suede upper.
  • It has soft EVA midsole with injected Phylon for a lightweight and comfortable fit.
  • The rubber outsole has waffle design to provide traction on different surfaces.
  • It has a lace-up front, padded ankle collar and pull-tab at the back.