Nike Bring Suede Uppers to the Air More Uptempo
Among Nike's catalogue of big, bold and in-your-face basketball sneakers from the 1990s, the Air More Uptempo sits in a class of its own. Its super-sized Air branding is a head-turner from all angles, and it doesn't hurt that Scottie Pippen wore it during the 1996 NBA season – where he, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and the rest of the Chicago Bulls memorably went 72-10 before securing the NBA Championship.
Iconic shoe, iconic player, iconic season. That's a pretty easy recipe for retro sneaker success, but the Swoosh aren't resting on their laurels: they continue to experiment with the Air More Uptempo, and the latest result of that tinkering (no Hatfield - the Air More Uptempo was designed by Wilson Smith) is a new suede-covered iteration that some outlets have nicknamed the 'Vintage Bulls.'
Dressed in a 'White/Team Red-Summit White-Best Grey' colourway, this Air More Uptempo's neutral-toned suede upper makes its white leather accents stand out more than usual, and the sparsely-used 'Team Red' brings a high-heat punch of flair to the trim on the upper's Air lettering plus the branded hits on the toebox and heel. Of course, a beefy Air Max cushioning unit completes the look, sandwiched between white midsoles and black outsoles.
A release date for this fresh-yet-familiar Nike Air More Uptempo has yet to be announced, but when it does touch down you can expect to pay $160 for a pair.