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9 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers have praised the retro looks and trendy design of the Nike Internationalist Premium. 
  • This iteration of the Nike Internationalist is lightweight, according to a good number of users. 
  • A lot of customers are impressed with how durable the shoes are for longer walking and wearing as all-day footwear especially during summer months.
  • This kick is among the Nike sneakers that possess a versatile design and can be paired with various types of clothing, as per a few wearers.  
  • A few commenters have noted that the rubber ribbed outsole of the Internationalist Premium has superior and reliable traction on various types of surfaces.
  • A lot of fashion-conscious customers love the idea that Nike has been experimenting with new designs, fabric, and materials for the shoes’ upper.
  • With suede leather material, a considerable number of reviewers love them for durability as the material doesn’t easily wear out compared to textile or rubber.
  • A few sneaker fans like the subtle Swoosh logo which doesn’t go overboard in detailing but has that classic appeal.
  • A certain group of customers noted how the ankle part is higher than the OG Nike Internationalist but remains flexible for various movements.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some have commented that the Nike Internationalist Premium runs a little wide and should be bought half a size off than usual.
  • Some users say the premium leather gets difficult to clean and could accumulate dirt easily if worn all day.

Bottom line

The Nike Internationalist Premium is a cool iteration of the retro running shoes that are popular in the 1980s. The shoe's silhouette was barely changed but with the use of premium leather materials and the thinner frame, these running kicks were given new life with trendy colorways that exude a cool, smart, and casual style that never goes out of style.



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The Nike Internationalist Premium has a snug fit made even comfortable by its textile lining. It has a lacing system that offers a secured fit. With a low-top profile, this kick allows sufficient ankle mobility. 

The style is a classic silhouette that never goes out of trend and can be worn with almost all types of casual wear without looking awkward. At first, the designed only appealed to long-distance runners and marathoners but in the late 1980s to 1990s, the running sneaker has slowly crept into the hip-hop and street style cultures. The use of various designs, fabric, and other materials has also made this a trendy classic sneaker that appeals to the young and old.

Through the years the Nike Internationalist lone has had many colorway treatments that appeal to both sexes, fashion trend, and style. The Nike Internationalist Premium originally came out in earthy tones of black, grey and, brown and an even more monochromatic Wolf Grey-Sail colorway with subtle branding as an option for Spring. Other colorways soon followed that include Royal Blue and Dark Stucco for both sexes and Woman’s Garden for the female market.  

The retro looks of this long-distance running shoe turned into lifestyle sneaker is what makes fans continue to patronize the Nike Internationalist Premium. But don’t be fooled by its sort of dated design as this runner could still punch a few miles of running and walking without any wear.

Built for long-distance running, the good mixture of quality leather, rubber, and mesh with an injected Phylon midsole, thick waffle rubber outsole, and perforated mesh underlays gives users a classic comfort known for many years.


The Internationalist was first worn by legendary runner Alberto Salazar in the 1982 New York City marathon. Salazar, of course, won the event and catapulted his running shoes into the consciousness of the running community.

Once favored as a running shoe for long-distance runners, the Nike Internationalist Premium is a shoe with a classic outline and purist shape. Favored by distance runners, the shoe was later on embraced by street-style fans who want to display a street-smart casual style.

The classic running sneaker through the years is a good combination of nylon, suede, and mesh resulting in a more comfortable run. Its timeless design has made it more relatable to any generation. It is further improved by the heel counter and the rubber outsole with a waffle pattern reminiscent of the popular running shoes earlier introduced by Nike in the 1970s.

Nike Internationalist Premium came out in early 2016 with suede and premium leather materials. Retro revivals of the iconic running shoe came out as early as 2012 to 2015 in various modern colorways in time for its 30th anniversary. 

  • Several great runners and marathoners of the 1980s have worn the shoe in top marathons in the world including 1982 New York marathon champion Alberto Salazar.
  • Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Internationalist premium include Amber Rose, Jack Collins, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Olivia Wilde, and Jessica Alba.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.