Saturday, 25 December 2010

Sign of what is to come: The Fruits of Sneakerpedia

Nike Air Pegasus

1983, Made in Korea. Nylon upper with synthetic suede supports. TomiLite midsole, a mix of EVA and sponge rubber. The waffle sole didn't have the usual rubber square bumps along the central part but featured an element capable of increasing the trampoline effect during the run: the Air Wedge unit beneath the heel. The first Pegasus model was the forefather of a long line of running sneakers: the GXN was a shoe dedicated to neutral runners, particularly long-lasting and suited to long-distance training. The success of the following models has detracted nothing from the charm of the original, which continues to be sold to this day, almost 30 years later.

Air Windrunner Leather "Limited Edition"
The "Limited Edition" range from the late 80's/ early 90's were the first Nike shoes to be produced for fashion. They were only sold in very limited numbers in boutiques and key stores around the world and given as gifts to rappers/ DJ's etc in the hip-hop scene.

Air Force II "Espo"

There are only 1050 pairs of this edition. First shoe to use clear plastic panels. Came with extra laces and socks.

Nike Air Stab

1989, Made in Korea.
The Stab was the top running sneaker in Nike's late-80s catalog; it was the outcome of a technological research centered on the intersole. The combination of the Air with the Footbridge system, specially conceived for runners with pronation problems, made it a simultaneously stable and well-cushioned shoe. Other key features were: dual-layer nylon mesh and synthetic suede; thermoplastic material heel guard; BRS 1000 rubber waffle sole. It was tested for the first time in training by Priscilla Welch, the Nike-sponsored English athlete sponsored who won the New York marathon in 1987.  

1 comment:

  1. I'm diggin the post, some classic kicks with some great insight as well