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 Hoodland Suede proves that it is more than just an ordinary footwear. Constructed to endure the winter season, it shows that it is a heavy-duty shoe suited for everyday wear. The aggressive exterior should not be the cause of intimidation as it remains to be comfortable to wear and versatile enough to be styled in different ways. In reference to style, not having that all-out winter cleat appeal and the mix of sneakers and cleats are the preferred silhouettes by some users.


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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.

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 cleat 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 cleats are versatile and come in three colorways--Thunder Blue Wool, Sequoia, and Wolf Grey.

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.

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.

  • 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.
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.