Nike found a gem with the Air Trainer 1, which featured a full length air bubble and some midsole focal points meant to take a pounding. The forefoot features what is now a familiar hard plastic portion that would have been one of the highest points of stress for a tennis player moving laterally. The high top version also features a rubber strap near the toe which has since become the sneaker’s signature element.
Ever since the first model appeared in white, gray, black and “chlorophyll” green, the Nike Air Trainer 1 has seen a slew of releases both in it’s high and low top models. The Nike SB line also incorporated the silhouette for a few releases, including one for San Francisco’s HUF, showing the cult status of the model. Not only has the original model continued to come out in throwback colorways, but Nike has also pushed a newer, more technically-advanced series of models for the Air Trainer, which was renovated in 2009. The release of a Legacy Pack which had both the original 1987 and 2009 versions was released only at Nike Sportswear stores in LA and NYC in a limited number of 100, and it is now valued at well over $600.