The Air More Uptempo first made waves during the iconic 72-10 season and subsequent '96 championship run when Scottie Pippen wore it, unofficially making it his signature sneaker. This year, the silhouette has experienced a resurgence, notably as a slide variant, demonstrating the model's enduring appeal in various forms. But the biggest surprise has been the onslaught of kids-exclusive colorways, the next appearing today by way of official Nike.com imagery.
With a pristine white leather base, the Air More Uptempo provides a perfect backdrop for the bold and dramatic elements that define this sneaker. The stark contrast of jet-black takes center stage, outlining the tongue and gracing the shoe’s most distinctive feature: the huge 'AIR' lettering that wraps around the silhouette. What sets this version apart is the iridescent finish on the letters, catching the light and attention with every step.
But it's the meticulous addition of color that adds a new dimension to this monochrome masterpiece. Royal Blue, Aqua, and University Red highlight the edges of each letter, imbuing the shoe with a sense of playfulness and fun. This triad of colors also makes a cameo on the tongue’s elastic straps, unifying the design and adding a touch of primary color theory in motion.
This grade school-exclusive sneaker offers more than just a nod to the past; it's a celebration of the sneaker culture that thrives in the present. The Nike Air More Uptempo’s design is bold and assertive, much like the young sneaker aficionados it's crafted for.
Nike.com has now confirmed a release date for the pair for February 11, 2024.