Continuing to breathe new life into the classic Uptempo line this year, Nike have pulled three of the greatest shapes from the collection and stripped away any sign of colour in place of a bold all over white treatment.
Working alongside a certain Chicago Bulls teammate a few of you may be familiar with, Scottie Pippen helped complete an unstoppable partnership that went on to secure six NBA championships and took Chicago to the top of their game throughout the 1990’s. Alongside the league titles, Pippen also took home consecutive gold medals as part of the USA Dream Team in 1992 and 1996, playing a pivotal role alongside some of the greatest players of the era.
Footwear wise, many will associate Scottie with the Wilson Smith designed Air More Uptempo, with it’s brash ‘Air’ branding spanning the length of the upper. At the time this wasn’t specifically his signature model, but after the success of the shoe and the accolades it was associated with, the Uptempo line continued under Scotties name.
Following on from several other premium colourways we’ve seen release earlier on in the year, Nike return with a triple threat of all over leather releases, making use of the Air More Uptempo ’96, Max2 Uptempo ’94 and Air Max Uptempo 95 as canvases. Monochromatic renditions always seem to strike a chord, ridding a shoe of all of it’s colour and allowing you to focus purely on the form and considered lines that make each shoe an individual. The Air Max system has always been an integral feature found on Pippens line; you need a whole lot of cushioning to support the force of a 228lb Small Forward hitting the court!
The Nike Air Uptempo ‘White’ Pack will be available online and in size? stores on Friday 26th May, priced as follows: Air More Uptempo ’96 – £125, Air Max Uptempo ’95 – £115, Air Max2 Uptempo ’94 – £115.