Tupac back! Biggie back! Big Pun back! Reebok back? Now the Lightning Air Trainer SC High is back? Seriously? I’m not even going to lie, I’m still in denial. Even with the proof (photo and info) that was provided to me, I’m still in denial. Do you know how long I’ve been looking for a deadstock pair? Just ask Ivan, Tonio, Chevyboy, Tokyo Mike, Feet Heat, Jaya from Sneakr Addicts, and a gang of OG eBay sellers. They will all tell you that I’ve been on the hunt for a DS pair in a size 8, 8.5 or 9 for years.
The news hit the web the other day about the return of this Air Trainer SC High colorway. At the time I didn’t want to believe it, and in my opinion, the pictured looks photoshopped. To be honest, after seeing the picture I was excited for a few minutes, but I really didn’t believe that out of all the Air Trainer SC High colors that Nike would bring this color back. This colorway is NOT an original colorway, nor did it have any hype when it originally dropped in 1999. Come to think of it, none of the sneaker releases had any hype (minus a few Jordan Retro models), which forced you to buy what you liked, rather than buying what everyone else likes.
Once the photo starting making its way around the web, several people started hitting me up asking if I was excited or if I heard the news about the Lightning Trainer SC? Those questions and concerns confirmed that this was not one of my beautiful dark twisted sneaker fantasies, but the news confirmed one word: reality.
I had no choice but to contact my insiders for concrete details regarding this release. What did I find out? Well, it’s true! The news is true, with a release set for July 2011. The official colorway is White/Graphite-Lemon-Light Zen Grey. From 1999 to 2011, the Lightning Trainer SC lives!
It’s no need for me to take credit for these kicks returning, but I can only assume that someone at Nike has been paying close attention – very close attention to my Complex Top 50 list. If I actually do have your attention at Nike, please do all the REAL Air Trainer fans a favor and re-release the Raiders colorway… the right way! You don’t even have to put 34 on the back. Just release an identical version of the 1997 Raiders Air Trainer SC High. Thanks in advance! On a serious note, there’s only a handful of us that truly appreciate older Air Trainer SC High colors, especially the Lightning colorway. Shouts to bknowbles, WallyHopp, and the “others” (you know who you are).
So, what now? I’m waiting to see them in person. If all is well, I’m all over this quickstrike lightning strike.
Uh oh! It’s almost time to play my celebration music. Word to The Pointer Sisters.