#30 – NIKE TRAINER 1.2
2010 was a crucial year for the Nike Training department in Beaverton, OR. With the rebirth of cross-training, the multi-sport athlete, and the health-conscious public, training was ‘in’ again, and it was up to Nike to meet the demand. The Nike Trainer 1.2 Mid was a twist on the original Nike Air Trainer 1, beefing up and slimming down the original in the necessary places in an effort to create the best all-purpose athletic training shoe ever to leave the Nike design labs. What stayed? The forefoot stabilizing strap, which offered a lockdown fit as well as a nostalgic detail. What was added? An all-new DiamondFLEX outsole for optimal 360-degree movement, a visible Max Air heel unit, and super-durable Flywire on the upper. But despite an all-new design, the heart and soul of the Air Trainer 1 remained firm and strong, allowing the Trainer 1.2 Mid to be a worthy
successor to the timeless classic. In addition to being great for the gym, the Trainer 1.2 Mid had remarkable street-wear appeal, and that’s largely in part due to the great colorways that served as the red carpet introduction for the new sneaker. It began with the Baseball Legends Pack, which paid homage to five Major League Baseball greats such as Bo Jackson, Albert Pujols, and Nolan Ryan, and continued to the realm of football by way of a collaboration with EA Sports and its two major football simulation video games. The Trainer 1.2 Mid also served as the focal point in a distinguished gathering of elite athletes known as ‘All For One’, which included twelve of the world’s greatest athletes in every major professional sport. Nike Training was back for good, and with a star-studded coming-out party, it was hard to miss the Nike Trainer 1.2 Mid in 2010.