Nike Air More Uptempo White/ Varsity Red

The Nike Air More Uptempo White/ Varsity Red is arguably the best piece of footwear to jump into the summer with.


But more than that, it’s a low-key representation of an interesting element in Nike’s history.


Back in the mid-2000s, the Swoosh had been thinking about experimenting with the Air More Uptempo a bit. The shoe’s sales weren’t terrible by any means, but the brand wanted to keep up its habit of constantly evolving.

Struggling to come up with any major change, the design crew settled for a subtle shift resulting in the Nike Air More Tempo. This White Varsity Red scheme was that model’s debut colorway.


Here, it shows its versatility via some tangible simplicity. This iteration isn’t complex by any means, sporting a White base that covers the overwhelming majority of the sneaker’s upper. The Varsity Red accents that we get here are courtesy of the oversize AIR branding, branding notes, and the midsole’s visible Air bubbles.


The Air More Uptempo has taken on this sort of color scheme before, pulling it off as fluidly then as it does now. This classic of 90s basketball footwear design continues to show us just how great this era was. Timeless gems such as the Uptempo are heralded for their audacious looks, but it’s interesting to note that these aesthetics came about as the result of functional considerations.


With a catalog that features the Air Force 1 and Air Jordan models, you really can’t go wrong with just about any 90s hoops sneakers from the Swoosh.


With that being said, the Air More Uptempo does hold a special place in this regard thanks to its unique look and associated athlete – Hall of Fame forward Scottie Pippen.


Even if you aren’t hooping in these, it’s safe to say they’re a style staple. Keep your eyes peeled for these beauties when they drop on May 24th.