Nike Apparently Have Created Air More Uptempo Slides
One outcome of the mulement has been the conversion of popular sneaker designs into slip-on clogs, mules and slides. The latest recipient (though some might say victim) of this modification is the Nike Air More Uptempo, which sheds its bulky upper for a simple midfoot strap while maintaining its idiosyncratic Air sole.
For those familiar with the model – everyone really should be, as Nike can’t not pump them out – the characteristic ‘AIR’ panelling of the upper has been shrunken into the strap, retaining the general font on a much smaller plot of land. The synthetic upper should hopefully aid with ventilation, notwithstanding the fact that most of the foot is exposed wearing these shoes. Interestingly, the footbed has been coated in smooth foam rather than textile, suggesting that the intended way to wear these slides is barefoot.
Which brings things to the underside of this Air More Uptempo variant. Its midsole, while considerably slimmed down compared to the original basketball shoe, still contains the multiple Air units running along the length of the sole. The outsole tread has also been largely retained, down to the herringbone traction pods – though pivoting in these slides will probably lead to a rolled ankle.
Keep an eye out for the Nike Air More Uptempo Slide to hit retailers in coming months.