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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.