Nike Air More Money History
The Nike Air More Money is a seamless fusion of two eccentric basketball kicks from the 90s – the Nike Air Money and Nike Air More Uptempo. Before the lowdown on the Nike Air More Money, let's dive first into the two sneakers it took inspiration from.
The Nike Air Money and Air More Uptempo were both released in 1996 as Nike hoop shoes. Not everyone took to them because their designs were a little too out there for most people's taste. The Nike Air Money's upper was crafted from a full-grain leather and ballistic mesh, but its most distinctive feature was its shroud cover and side lacing system. Two NBA players rocked the Air Money in 1996 – Reggie Miller and Ray Allen. After that year's season, the Air Money disappeared in the mainstream.
The Nike Air More Uptempo, on the other hand, was very popular thanks to the brand's excellent marketing moves. The shoe won on the hardwood thanks to Scottie Pippen who donned it all the time. It also made its way to the big screen as it was seen on Brendan Frasers's feet in the George of the Jungle movie. Today, the Air More Uptempo has been re-released in countless iterations.
Now that's out of the way, onto the Air More Money by Nike. This kick launched in early 2018 and displays a combination of the two 90's kicks. Its upper is derived from the Air Money while its outsole from the Air More Uptempo. The shoe is offered in some colorways and has received a number of collaborations including Viceland and Sneaker Room.
The sneaker is offered in a wide variety of color options. Some of them have special monikers given by sneaker sites or consumers themselves. Here are some of their official names: Nike Air More Money in Purple or more specifically Purple / Leopard / Gum Light Brown, Nike Air More Money in Black or “Black / Metallic Silver / Pure Platinum, Obsidian / Gym Red / White, Medium Olive / Black / Habanero Red, Black / White / University Red, Twilight Pulse / White / Blackened Blue, Particle Beige, and University Red / Black / Metallic Gold.
Colorways with special monikers include “Metallic Gold” or Gold / Black, “NYC” or Black / Gum Light Brown, “Island Green” or Wolf Grey / Island Green / Black, “Phantom Snakeskin” or Phantom / Summit White / Black / Phantom, and “Meant to Fly” or Gold / Blue / Red / White.
A special pack was released via NikeiD to spread breast cancer awareness. This collection featured three colorways made available in limited quantities. The Pink Nike Air More Money was for sale for $180 with only 360 pairs released, while 100 pairs of the White iteration sold for $500, and finally, the Black versions sold for $2000 per pair of just 40 released.
Another special pack is called the Currency Pack. Just as its collection's name suggests, this series of sneakers feature currency signs from different countries namely the US, UK, France, and Japan. The US Dollar model's colorway is Sequoia / Metallic Gold while the Japanese Yen's is Barely Orange / Velvet Brown / Dark Obsidian.
A women's exclusive roster has also been introduced to the market. This pack is called the Los Angeles Pack, and it includes two tonal pieces bathed in all black and the other in all white.