Originally Posted by WallyHopp
heres a little showcase I put together.
Nike's air trainer 1 progression:
from left to right:
1990 Air Trainer High WH/MD GY-BLK
2000 Air Trainer 1 WHITE/BLACK - MEDIUM GREY - CHLOR
2002 Air Trainer 1 WHITE/BLK - CHLOROPHYL - MED GREY
2008 Air Trainer 1 WHITE/BLACK- CHLRPHYLL- MDM GRY
The color has changed over the years. The grey suede is becoming brighter and brighter, although still a subtle difference to the uninformed. The green has also gone from a bright rich grass green to a more chlorophyll color. Its funny that these are now titled chlorophylls when the originials dont even resemble them.
Here is a good shot of the 2002s on the left and the 2008s on the right. Other than the NIKE on the forefoot strap being darker on the newer releases, these are basically replicas of one another. One could argue that the eyelet on the newer ones is a brighter lime green compared to the 2002s. You could also say that the medium grey color on the 2008s is a shade or two brighter as well. As the retros continue, they seem to be going further and further from the dark rich bluish grey suede of the originials in favor of something alittle more drab.
Comparing the orginials on the far left, the 2000 edition (the 2nd over from the left) and the 2008 edition (far right pair) it looks like the 2008s are more along the same shape as the originals from 1990 and not the retros from 2000. its very much evident in this last shot. the two middle pairs seem wider at the ankle.
you can never get perfection. two steps forward, one step back. you get great effort on the latest shape change. but yet the color and materials are still not perfect. so its a tough situation to be in. Do you go with the 2000 with perfect material matching, wrong colors, and a shape thats just a bit off, or for the shoe with different materials, the same wrong colors, but a shape thats almost perfect. too bad they can never get it just right