Drops 11 Aug 2024
In the sneaker world, few moments resonate with as much patriotism and pride as the iconic Olympic Games editions. Nike, tapping into this reservoir of global camaraderie and sportsmanship, is poised to reissue the classic Air More Uptempo "Olympic" as part of its 2024 homage to the world's most unifying sporting event. This release continues a tradition dating back to the 2012 London Games, marking the sneaker's sixth appearance and affirming its status as an enduring symbol of Olympic triumph.
The Air More Uptempo “Olympic” doesn't just carry the colors of the American flag; it's steeped in basketball royalty. First witnessed in the feverish atmosphere of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, this silhouette supported the legendary Scottie Pippen as he and the Dream Team clinched basketball gold. The forthcoming model is anticipated to retain the authentic tumbled leather and nubuck construct that first captivated audiences over 27 years ago, complete with Pippen's #8 in "University Gold" proudly emblazoned on the heel.
Nike's attention to detail extends to the nuanced color play: a “Midnight Navy” foundational hue supports the stark, oversized “AIR” logo, outlined in a crisp white. Contrast arrives with “University Red” touches enhancing the tongue tab and the intricately dispersed Swooshes on the sole. Additionally, the subtler jewel Swooshes on the vamp and heel synchronize effortlessly with the sneaker's primary palette, rounding off a design that is as much about aesthetic balance as it is about patriotic homage.
Set to debut as part of the Nike Sportswear Fall Collection in 2024, the Air More Uptempo “Olympic” joins the ranks of other high-profile re-releases to celebrate the Games, including the Air Jordan 6 “Olympic” and the Kobe 4 Protro “Gold Medal.”
While we await the official first-look images, the anticipation among fans and collectors converges on a single point: the 2024 iteration isn't just a sneaker release; it's a commemorative event.
Until then, grab an official look pair here below from 2020, and as always, keep your eyes glued to our official Twitter account for further updates.Info via @zSneakerheadz and @Sneakerfiles.