Off-Season Sneaks: Nike Retro Training Buyer?s Guide

Performance training footwear came a long way in the past year, with and other brands unveiling some ground-breaking technology that could change forever the way we look at the footwear category. The rise in interest also sparked a series of Nike retro drops for 2011, ranging from The Kid’s kicks, to Mr. Bo Jackson’s signatures and on down to a certain Japanese pitcher’s classic sneaker. And while most of these shoes are no longer front-runners in the weigthroom, on the track or at the batting practice, they all still deserve some shine. It’s because of this that we’ve assembled this buyer’s guide to help you navigate the world of retro Nike trainers. Some great sneakers are out right now and at the very end of this feature, you’ll get a peek at what’s coming out soon.

Nike Air Max NM (Nomo)

Hideo Nomo’s classic trainer first popped onto the scene in the mid-90s and sits on the same tooling as the ever-popular Air Griffey Max 1. Unlike The Kid though, Nomo was known for throwing batters out, not hitting balls out of the park. The original Varsity Red colorway led this shoe’s revival and two additional color-ups have landed at stores since. We’re still waiting on the blue pair, but for now the options are plentiful. Philly retailer UBIQ can hold you down for the OG colorway , Champs has the Tech Grey/Spark Blues and Eastbay will lace you up with the third pair.

Nike Air Max NM (Nomo)
Tech Grey/White/Black/Blue Spark (429749-004)
Varsity Red/White-Black (429749-600)
Black/White-Varsity Red (429749-016)
$140

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