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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

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.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

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

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

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

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers praised the retro looks of these lifestyle sneakers because it has retained its popular silhouette with newer materials.
  • A good number of users claimed the Nike Internationalist Premium has remained lightweight through the years.
  • Some runners love this classic design that never gets out of style and can be paired with various types of clothing.
  • 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.
  • A few commenters 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 liked the subtle Swoosh logo which doesn’t go overboard in detailing but has that classic appeal.
  • A commenter like the silhouette of this classic Nike sneaker as it can be worn by customers with various fashion tastes and from various ages without looking awkward.
  • A certain group of customers noted how the ankle part is higher than the OG Nike Internationalist but remains flexible for various movements.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few claimed no new innovation was introduced in the silhouette that would merit the shoe to be a categorized as a premium with a modern look to the classic sneaker.
  • Some commented that the Nike Internationalist Premium runs a little large 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. The elevated look of this retro running kick makes use of only premium materials such as suede leather and top quality leather for a breathable, lightweight and comfortable shoe perfect for casual events or activities.


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Nike Internationalist Premium History

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.

Nike Internationalist Premium Style

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.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Internationalist Premium has a snug fit made even comfortable by its textile lining. The feet are kept secured by a classic flat lace with a medium D or B width. The shoe sizes range from US size 7 to 14 in men and size 5 to 12 for women.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.