Size and fit

The Nike Air Pegasus 83 is available in men’s and women’s sizes. It features a low-top profile to maximize the range of motion. In addition, the padded collar and tongue enhance the comfort and cushioned support. This pair has the traditional lace-up closure with flat laces for a snug fit.

Nike Air Pegasus 83 Style

The Nike Air Pegasus 83 still looks attractive as it did in the 80s. It features an almond-toe profile that is very versatile and stylish. The upper is made of the combination of mesh and suede accents on the toe, heel, and eyestay, thus, contributing to the luxurious look. It is offered in numerous colorways in the market, which gives buyers much liberty in picking their fancied pair.

Nike finished the overall retro look with the oversized Nike Swoosh with contrasting color. Most wearers can be seen sporting their Nike Air Pegasus 83 with any jeans, joggers, shorts or even with a suite. While some ladies sport this shoe with skirts, skinnies, leggings or even with their dresses.

Notable Features

Nike has stayed authentic to the prime version which was released more than three decades ago. Many buyers find the retro look of the Nike Air Pegasus 83 very notable as it gives a total throwback vibe of their childhood. While displaying an old-school design, the Nike Air Pegasus 83 is packed with improved technology.

Nike Air Pegasus 83 History

The Nike Pegasus was first released in 1983 with a mission of providing an Air training shoe for every person that is durable and found within an affordable price range. It features the waffle-patterned BRS 1000 rubber outsole and a molded sockliner, which was preferred by world-class runners like Bernard Lagat and Mo Farah. Its name is based on the majestic Greek winged horse named Pegasus that symbolizes swiftness, flexibility, and cushion.

In 1983, the Nike Pegasus 83 was released with a price tag of $50. It was designed by Nike CEO Mark Parker and Bruce Kilgore, who was then working on the Air Force 1, and all the other designers who gave their fair share of inputs to the design of the Pegasus.

The first Pegasus 83 has a nylon upper with suede leather on the tip, heel counter, and eyestay. It features a very meek design that became a very important for years to come. A sales representative from Europe described the first variation as the “Rainy Day” because of its gray and green colorway.

The Nike Air Pegasus has been a fundamental part of the running domain since it started. Although the Nike Air Pegasus falls under the radar, it has undergone several re-imaginations and innovations over the years. In fact, it is being reworked almost annually in the past 30 years. But the Air Pegasus line has remained authentic to its iconic clean and simple look.

In 1993, to commemorate the 10th anniversary, Nike released the Air OG pack, which is composed of four pairs.  Three of them are of the Pegasus variety and the other one is a “USA” variety.

Additional Info

  • The upper is made of the combination of mesh fabric and premium suede.
  • The inner lining is made of textile, and it has the dual-density EVA footbed that delivers all-day comfort.
  • The upper sits on top of a 2-layer EVA midsole to deliver cushioning and support.
  • It has a waffle-pattern rubber outsole for superb traction.
  • It has Nike branding on the tongue, heel and on the insole.
  • The Nike Air Pegasus weighs 9 oz.


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