Facts

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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.

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
$130
Special editions

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

7 reasons to buy

  • One user dropped high appreciation on the sleek style of the shoe. Its retro-style look contributes to its classic but trendy appeal.
  • Users who used these for running and trail did not encounter foot problems.
  • One reviewer mentioned that these shoes have solid support and excellent cushioning.
  • Several users received compliments from wearing these shoes.
  • The Nike Internationalist is perfect for every day and all-day wear because of how comfortable it is, according to several testers.
  • A handful of online consumers appreciate the versatile style of these sneakers.
  • One tester will recommend these shoes to his friends and family.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users felt disappointed that the shoes run narrow.
  • These sneakers take a few weeks to be broken in.

Bottom line

The Nike Internationalist Utility is the brand’s reinterpretation of the classic 80s trainers. These sneakers are geared towards the winter and the colder season because of its rain-resistant upper, insulated shoe lining, and padded tongue. The sneakers’ silhouette gets an upgraded profile, refashioned into a mid-top silhouette, and rugged updates.

Although not built as a performance sneaker, users who have tried these for activities like running or trail did not have complaints and in fact, appreciated the sneakers more. Those who are on the lookout for an excellent pair of sneaker boots can take a look at these.


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Nike Internationalist Utility History

The Nike Internationalist made its debut back in 1982 when Alberto Salazar, famous marathoner and co-developer of the Internationalist, sported a customized pair on the New York Marathon. Bagging the gold medal in that race placed the sneaker and Salazar into new heights. That same year, the Internationalist gained more popularity and made its international break as its first television commercial was released globally.

Three years after, the sneaker entered the Hollywood world as well. The sneaker was worn by one of the leading characters during the iconic dance number on the infamous movie The Breakfast Club. The shoe's popularity escalated further since it was able to tap sneaker fans, movie enthusiasts, and collectors.

It was only in 2014, about 30 years after its initial release, that the Internationalist was reintroduced, this time coming in different silhouettes. Despite getting minor updates, the retro appeal of the shoe is maintained especially with the use of various materials like suede, mesh, and nylon. The Internationalist Utility is the brand's interpretation of the iconic sneaker fashioned towards the colder season.

Nike Internationalist Utility Style

Originally released as a running sneaker, the Nike Internationalist appealed only long-distance runners and marathoners. With the recent relaunch of the Internationalist, the classic trainers get an updated look and a new silhouette. The Internationalist Utility comes back in a mid-cut sneaker boot profile with rugged appeal geared towards winter.

The casual but bold style of these sneakers can be ideally paired with sweaters and jeans for a more winter-ready look. These sneaker boots are versatile and come in three colorways--Thunder Blue Wool, Sequoia, and Wolf Grey.

Fit & Sizing

The Internationalist Utility generally fits as expected. However, based on the feedback from several consumers, these run a bit narrow. The traditional lace-up closure that it comes with gives a more snug fit. It comes in men’s sizes running from 6-15. Half sizes are available for broader options. Women wanting to snag a pair of these can go down 1.5 sizes for an excellent fit.

Notable Features

The reinterpretation of the Nike Internationalist Utility gets a more winter-ready appeal with its rain-resistant upper. The combination of textile and synthetic materials ensures that the feet stay warm and dry during the colder season. More so, the upper comes in a no-sew overlay which heightens the softness of the sneaker and makes it more durable.  

To match that tough silhouette, a Phylon cushioning is incorporated on its midsole. Phylon is a technology composed of EVA foam pellets sculpted into a variety of designs. It makes the cushioning system lightweight, responsive, and low-profile. More importantly, it boosts the shoes’ comfort.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Internationalist Utility includes a cozy lining around the shoe which matches the winter-ready construction of the sneaker.
  • For traction that is ideal for wet surfaces, these sneakers come with a waffle-patterned rubber outsole.