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This year marks the 30th anniversary since the original release date, so it’s only right that we review the Nike Air Cross Trainer 3 Low Retro. Stuff of legend for some, this sneaker is an iconic sneaker that took the 90’s by storm. In an era where the Jordan brand was at its peak, it is easy for other sneakers to fall into the shadows. This was never the case for the Nike Cross Trainer 3 Low models, as the sneaker was highly sought after due to its dynamic and innovative styling, something which to date embodies everything 90’s within sneaker culture. Reminiscent of iconic sneakers such as the early Air Max 90s and Nike Bo Jackson’s.

30 years on and it seems that the sneaker may be lining up for a comeback. Especially seeing as the silhouette has been linked to a collaboration with the ultimate streetwear heavyweight that is Supreme. No surprise then that Nike has decided to retro the sneaker in its true form and in the highly iconic ‘Infrared’ palette of all colorways.

Upper

For better or worse, Nike retro’s will always be compared to its former counterpart. In this case, the Cross Trainer 3 Low replicates the 1990 original almost immaculately. Premium perforated leather makes up the mass of the upper, soft to the touch and buttery smooth. Nike have executed one of the highly acclaimed details of this sneaker perfectly by sustaining the premium materials for the layered leather panels and the accompanying perforated nubuck on the mid. The sneaker comes with a plush tongue in varsity red, brandished with large Nike detailing. The vibrant red accents are continued across the upper with the Nike logo embroidered on the heel tab using 3M based reflective lining. A large grey Nike swoosh and heavy plastic lace eyelets also add a premium feel to the shoe.

As always attention to detail is certified with the Nike Cross Trainer 3 Low. The ankle collar offers soft padding within the inner lining and this is continued down through towards the insole for maximum comfort and durability. The classic whole-punched overlays transition eloquently through towards a free-flowing toe-box which is without reinforcement to pay homage to the original and draw upon desired nostalgia. The perforated materials boast breathability and allow the sneaker to be worn for athleisure purposes – perfect as an everyday essential for sports.  

Sole Unit

The Cross Trainer 3 Low incorporates encapsulated air built within the heel and forefoot of the sole. Similar to its Air Max counterparts, the sneakers air reinforcement can be felt upon wear and cushion your foot with each and every stride. Detailing of the sole once again is consistent with the classic 90’s aesthetic. The outsole for one, brandishes the traditional Nike logo and patterning. The Infrared pallet is continued through the sole as varsity red accents accompany the white and black base. Similar to the upper, layering is used to offer the sneaker a unique aesthetic. The bottom layer wraps around the forefoot with a wavy effect on the outer rim. As a result, this allows the sneaker to give off a ‘not too big, not too small’ look, something we refer to as the ‘dad shoe’ in modern sneaker culture.

Bottom Line

To conclude our Nike Air Cross Trainer 3 low review, this is a solid sneaker that boosts retro vibes and it is made to last. As with many leather sneakers from its era it needs a little time to break in but afterwards it molds to your feet and becomes more and more comfortable to wear. While it’s not much of a true “trainer” anymore it’s still a very stylish retro sneaker that can be worn casually. Its original price tag is $110 but you can always find better deals on eBay. 

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