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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.