Who should wear the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97

This retro sporty Nike sneaker is a good match if:

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Logo

Style of the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97

Many footwear designers are coming up with functional and fashionable sneakers made with minimalist silhouettes. However, others opt for the opposite, and this is evident with some of the basketball-inspired shoes such as the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97, which almost resembles the original Air Jordan XI.

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Midsole

This sneaker is made up of layers of Nubuck, a widely constructed midsole, and a heel counter that offers cushioning and lateral stability to the feet. The premium leather on the upper put a clean and elegant look to one's casual clothing ensemble.

Notable Features

The retro Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 brings a sense of nostalgia as it is one of the silhouettes that was riding on the wave of basketball momentum back in the mid-1990s. Nearly two decades later, this basketball favorite is known for its distinct oversized heel counter against a backdrop of premium Nubuck upper makes its comeback in a very crisp cover that stayed true to the original model.

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Heel

As its name implies, this shoe retained the full-length Air bubble in the sole, but the 2016 version has a more condensed volume of air, yet still offers the needed cushioning. The Uptempo logo is placed on the Nubuck area of the tongue, and the pull tab on the heel has a clear plastic material running through it.

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Tongue

History of the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97

In 1996, Nike added two more forward-moving profiles under this category. One is the Nike Air Max Uptempo, which features a full-length Air cushioning unit in the midsole that became extremely popular off the court. This iteration was followed by the Nike Air More Uptempo. 

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Laces

The next variation is called the Nike Air Max Uptempo III, which was also made famous by Pippen. The bold design concept of this shoe with raindrop molded jewel accents on the side panels was particularly admired by sneaker enthusiasts that it became the subject of updates in the succeeding years. 

Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 Toebox

The wavy and extended height of the heel counter offers additional support and stability in that region. The retro form of this shoe was branded as the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97, in reference to the year this shoe was initially dropped.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Uptempo
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Technology: Air Cushion

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.