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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.

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Nike Air Uptempo Triple White Pack

For some of you, the Summer season is probably about getting outside, hitting the beach and feeling the sand between your toes, or going on hikes. For others, it’s about all the footwear heat that will be dropping in the coming months. Frankly, the latter has a real case, as clearly evidenced by the haul that Nike is planning for the Uptempo.

Originally, the Uptempo was Nike’s answer to players who were somehow getting bigger and more athletic all at the same time. Imagine being a sneaker designer and having Scottie Pippen walk into your office, joined by Penny Hardaway, to demand a shoe that could support them. The Uptempo, designed with a ridiculous amount of cushion and stabilizing features was a pretty great answer. Here, we see Nike release three variations of the line in a Triple White scheme: the Air Max Uptempo, Air Max 2 Uptempo, and Air More Uptempo,

Each of these shoes boasts premium leather builds, OG detailing, and is dipped in that coveted All-White scheme. Expect all three to make a global drop by May 26th, shortly after which they’re sure to fly off shelves. Rocking these, hit the sandy beaches and rough hiking trails at your own risk.