This past week, I witnessed the rebirth of an icon in training footwear as Nike put on a media summit in Newport Beach, CA to unveil the Trainer 1. Although the shoe has undergone a bit of a makeover, you can clearly see that it is pretty much the same classic shoe from Nike’s rich catalog of athletic footwear. Equipped with Diamond FLX and Flywire, the shoe’s main objective is to provide comfort and protection where the athlete needs it most: the foot.

To discuss and demonstrate this innovation wonder, Nike assembled a panel of athletes the likes of which I still can’t believe. The panel, led by none other than sports announcer Jim Grey, featured a cast of athletic superstars including the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, the Pittsburg Steelers’ Troy Polamalu, the Phoenix Suns’ Amare Stoudemire, Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay, the Portland Trailblazers’ Brandon Roy, and the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. Each shared some great stories regarding the Trainer 1, in addition to providing some amazing insight into their training regimens.

Troy Polamalu, who admitted to training barefoot, was quoted as saying that the Trainer 1 is the closest thing to that given its lightweight construction and comfort edge. Another statement that resonated with me came from the Olympic decathlete, Bryan Clay, who said, “My feet are my life.” Your feet are definitely something that should never be taken for granted, but if you are a competitive athlete, it makes a lot of sense to really treat your feet properly at all levels including off-season training.

As another treat, the athletes were brought onto the field to coach in some exercise drills with a group students from the University of California in Irvine. Students were thrilled by the opportunity to learn from these top tier athletes and Nike fitness instructors and it also made for a good demonstration for the shoes. It did not stop there though: a workout the following morning took place in which members of the media got to give the Trainer 1 a real go in a vigorous workout session. I did not get the chance to participate, but I do intend to make use of my pair when I return home.