Nike Trainer 1 Mid “Yu Darvish” PE


The Nike Trainer 1 has proven to be a top selection among athletes throughout the world when it comes to the sneakers they choose to train in. Since it’s debut Nike’s put together a number of Player Exclusive models, many of which have been released at a retail level. A handful of others though, such as the Tiger Woods and Roger Federer versions, never get put into production for the public and wind up fitting their name to a T and only gracing the feet of those they were made to honor or friends and family close to said athlete.

Nike’s latest Trainer 1 culprit is Yu Darvish, a 23 year old Iranian-Japanese Olympian who’s the starting pitcher for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, a Japanese baseball team in the Pacific League of the NPB. Yu Darvish has been labeled a phenomenon both in his native country of Japan and here in the US, standing at a frightening 6’5 and having an almost untouchable fastball in the high 90’s and a curveball and slider which has left batters walking back to the dugout in shame. A talent as such some may believe comes naturally, but don’t believe the hype, hard work builds athletes and keeps them as their peek. The greats in every sport stay on top of their game due to training, and thanks to Nike Yu Darvish can now do so in his very own Trainer 1 Mid’s.

The base of the shoes feature a combo of White, Blue and Silver but they differ in the sense where the Nike Swoosh on the right and left sneakers use different colors. The Swoosh on the right sneaker uses Yellow in the center with a Blue outline applied around it and the left sneaker sports Blue in the yellow with a Neon Green/Yellow outline. When the sneakers are put side by side the heel reads “Fans are family!” which is a reference to an interview where Darvish was quoted as saying he was “pitching for his family, fans, and teammates” after one of his games. Finishing up the shoes is the number 11, Yu’s jersey number, on the backside of the tongue and embossed along the toe. There’s also a custom box which includes Japanese characters which I would imagine says something, something which I can’t read since I don’t know Japanese.

When it comes to release details all we can tell you is that they’ve been released through the Nike Sportswear Harajuku Shop in Tokyo. No info is available on whether there will be a US release. If we get any details about that we’ll be sure to let you know. Via: SC






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