RE-Fresh: Nike Penetrator (1984)

By - October 13th, 2011

RE Fresh: Nike Penetrator (1984)

RE Fresh: Nike Penetrator (1984)

Aside from the birth of the Blazer in 1973 and the Air Force 1 in ’83, arguably the next waterhed moment for Nike basketball happened in 1986, which saw the release of 5 different Nike Penetrator models as well as the release of the first Air Jordan. What has now become an internationally-recognizable Jumpman silhouette began as a high top basketball sneaker with a ton of style. We don’t need to describe it—you’ve seen it and can sketch it from memory if you have the artistic know-how. But the Air Jordan 1 and the AJKO that came out in 1986 shared something in common with the Penetrator, a bold push towards injecting some funk and swagger into a court-ready high top basketball sneaker.

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