Nike’s connection to tennis goes back quite a ways. Many of John McEnroe’s trademark outbursts were delivered with his feet firmly planted in a pair of Nike shoes. McEnroe’s involvement with Nike went beyond just another celebrity endorsement. Thanks to his seal of approval, the shoe that would become the Air Trainer 1 went from a prototype on the verge of being scrapped to the shoe that pioneered the concept of cross-training. Its popularity changed the idea of what a tennis silhouette could look like, and paved the way for future, legendary models like the Air Tech Challenge.
To celebrate the Air Trainer 1’s tennis legacy, the NikeLab and Fragment design team offers premium leather editions of the shoe that ushered in a new era of tennis design. The shoes’ colorways reference the world’s Grand Slam tennis venues. The rust edition takes its color from the clay at Paris’s Roland Garros, while the white and green version recalls the stately grass court and pristine attire of Wimbledon.
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