The Nike Air Trainer 1 is back. The iconic multi-sport training shoe is gearing up to celebrate its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2022, and if we know Nike, they have big plans for the beloved model. Kicking things off is the new ‘Utility’ model, coming soon.

Nike’s Air Trainer 1 was revolutionary when first introduced in 1987. Previously, athletic footwear was designed and built for one sport at a time, leaving multi-disciplined athletes swapping sneakers from one activity to the next. Then, Tinker Hatfield saw the solution to the problem, and the Air Trainer 1 was born. Featuring a higher-cut upper than most athletic shoes and a forefoot strap to lock your feet in, the Air Trainer 1 packed all the performance features needed for gym workouts, tennis, field work, and even basketball, thanks to the encapsulated Air unit in the midsole. The Trainer 1 quickly transcended sports, becoming the footwear icon we recognize it as today.

Now, we know that Nike is prepping a number of new styles and collaborations to accompany the Air Trainer’s 35 year celebration. While the project with Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack is likely somewhat delayed, the over-the-top new ‘Utility’ version is still set to arrive soon. This updated take on the classic Air Trainer gives the sneaker some rugged new details, from translucent ripstop quarter panels to a heavy dose of swirling 3M overlays, and even a revised, heavy-duty version of the forefoot strap.


Nike’s upcoming remixed version of the classic Air Trainer 1, which we expect to kick off the silhouette’s thirty-five-year-anniversary, has not yet been announced for release, though they are expected to drop sometime early in 2022. The strapped-up “Dark Smoke Grey” color scheme will likely drop from both Nike and select retailers, with a price tag of $140 or more attached. Check out Nike’s official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.

Nike Air Trainer 1 Utility “Dark Smoke Grey”
Release Date: 2022
Price: $140
Color: Dark Smoke Grey/Black-Iron Grey-Off Noir
Style Code: DH7338-001