Photography By Angel Gonzalez/Vagrant Sneaker ©2013
The Nike Air Pegasus 83/30 by Nike Sportswear has been a shoe on my radar for two months now. It received a very good response of likes and comments when I posted the image of the red pair on my Instagram. Those reactions come from many reasons. The most obvious is that the shoe is red. For a long time now, red shoes have been a popular hue to wear on your feet. Whether a woman or man. There’s something about red that gets consumers going. To this day, I have yet to grab that pair and any other releases that have come out. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to buy this pair last week before it hit store shelves (it’s mostly likely out now). Like the red pair, I like this CW a lot too. So join me on this Fresh Out The Box pictorial journey with words for the Nike Air Pegasus 83/30 “Black and Flash Lime”..
The Nike Air Pegasus is one of those shoes that’s always been under the radar. I’ve seen it around the stores and on the net, but like others, never looked at it twice. Underrated, most likely. Well, all that just changed with many consumers. Nike Sportswear got a hold of the Pegasus for it’s 30th anniversary and came out with something that looks great. They took elements from both the original 83 and 30 + Pegasus models and gave it a modern twist. A similar twist to what many shoe buyers are leaning towards today that fall in the same vein as the Nike Flyknit. It’s that sleek look which has a great shape. Yeah, shape. Something a lot of current sneaker buyers have no clue about, but for those people stuck in the days when shape mattered, seeing products like this may be a breath of fresh air for them. You can thank Nike’s hyperfuse technology for that. It may not be suede and mesh like back in that day, but I’ll take shoes that look this great over some of the current retro Nike garbage out there. Like the Air Max 1 in its current banana and square toe-box rendition that keeps getting worse as the years go by.
The new NSW silhouette is presented with a clean aesthetic. Aside from the mid-sole, there are only 3 elements that make-up the shoe entirely. First is the hyperfuse panels that come taped with 3M reflective on the upper. You see it on the toe cap, lace bindings, and two side stripes on both the lateral and medial parts of the shoe. That’s a lot of reflective on a shoe and honestly, I was a bit surprised that much was on it. Not saying it’s a bad thing either. In fact, I like that accent a lot. Very few shoes have reflective on them these days. Sometimes I feel like it’s a forgetting material. Aside from being great for running at night in the streets, it adds a nice characteristic to the shoe when placed correctly on the upper. The 2nd and most abundant fabric used is mesh. It’s dressed with it from the toe area to the heel and even the tongue. The last ingredient placed on the upper is leather on the swoosh and heel tab. It’s a nice nod to the classic leather Pegasus swoosh (slightly refined) mixed in with modern tech. They could’ve just added a hyperfuse swoosh, but being that this is a idea of old and modern, its nice to see that leather kept in. One other neat accent is on the heel tab (pictured below). They kept the nike logo in the classic OG Pegasus lettering.
I had the opportunity to wear them out for a few hours to test the comfort on a daily photo-walk. It lasted about 6 hours and I had no complaints about the shoe. They where very light on my feet and comfortable. For the sizing I stayed true to size, but I wonder if I should have gone a half-size up. I know with most hyper fuse models consumer recommend to do that. There where times, I felt my toes reached the tip of the toe box when I was bending down to take photos. I’ll assume that they will stretch in the future, but on my next purchased pair I think I will go half up and see. If you have purchased a hyperfuse before, than I would go with what ever you bought in the past.
Nike Sportswear has taking the Pegasus, old and new, on its 30th anniversary and came up with a contemporary design that’s worthy of its heritage. Whether you were never a fan like myself or have been one through out the years, you’ll find that there is a lot to like about this shoe. It doesn’t matter if you use it for running or for walking like I did. Nike comes out with a shoe that is functional and nice looking at the same time for both sides of the shoe culture to like. This shoe is just plain good from toe to heel and I recommend it. Enjoy the photos!
Style Number: 599782 013
Color: Anthracite /Sail-Flash Lime-Blk
Made In Vietnam
Box Price: $99.99
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