This is the Nike Air Max Pillar "Michigan Wolverines" edition which features a midnight navy and varsity maize color way. The Wolverines refers to the mascot for the University of Michigan athletics. Michigan football has roots going back to the origins of the sport. Their first Football game was in 1879, only a decade after the original game was played in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton. Since, the Wolverines have won 11 national championships and 42 Big Ten Conference titles. During the 1990's Michigan became known as a quarterback school which bred the likes of Brian Griese and most notably Tom Brady. This is a great training shoe for workouts that include running, weightlifting, and overall cardio exercises. If you're looking for a workout shoe, look no further.