There it is. My very first pair of real live running shoes. Same exact color too. The 4th model of the Nike Air Pegasus. Up until I got these shoes in 1988, I ran in Vans, Airwalks, Pony (remember those?), Converse or worse…Thom McAns.
These Nikes were game-changers for me. I had just started running cross-country for my high school and I felt like a totally different runner wearing these things. They weighed just 11 ounces, featured long-lasting synthetic leather overlays, soft EVA foam, and a big air cushioning pouch in the heel that really smoothed out landings.
Crazy to look at the Pegasus from 1988 because I think the design holds up pretty well to today’s looks. Of course, today’s designs have been mined from the 80s so that could certainly explain it.
Check out the Complete History of Nike Pegasus running shoes here > Stay tuned for the next installment in the History of (My) Running Shoes when I dig up my 2nd pair of real running shoes, the 1991 Asics Tiger GEL-Lyte III.