Twenty years ago, Michael Johnson defined the phrase “calling your shot,” famously lacing up solid-gold track spikes in the 200-meter dash at the Atlanta Games before he’d ever even won an individual Olympic medal. Johnson took gold in that race, of course, shattering the world record, and footwear lore was born. Now, four Olympiads later, Nike celebrates the anniversary with the Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 Michael Johnson edition.
A pair fit for Olympic royalty, MJ’s latest kicks are nearly just as striking as that ’96 pair. An asymmetric palette sees blue mesh utilized on the left shoe and red on the right, beautifully offset by metallic gold accents to formally call out the championship tribute. Underscoring the theme, America’s stars and stripes adorn opposite insoles, overlaid with the signature of the Man with the Golden Shoes. Best of all, the Peg 33 is not just a fantastic running shoe, but a bit more versatile than track spikes.
The Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 Michael Johnson edition releases tomorrow, August 17, at select Swoosh accounts. It’s as close as you’re getting to a world record 200m dash, I’m guessing.
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 LE
Style #: 880106-907
17 August 2016