by Brendan Dunne
While the Nike Air Trainer 1 is a sneaker that's already been written about plenty, there are still some forgotten pieces of history on the 1987 shoe.
One connection that is often glossed over is the John McEnroe one – he was involved with the sneaker all the way back in 1985, well before Bo Jackson ever got on board. Gathered here are some of his original pairs, which include alternate toolings specifically for grass and clay courts.
The shoes actually made their way to to McEnroe's feet without designer Tinker Hatfield knowing. After initially testing them out McEnroe demanded more, hence the alternately soled versions on display in this rare look at Nike's sneaker archive.