Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A lot of buyers are saying that the Air More Uptempo is a durable shoe from the Swoosh.
  • Many of the wearers love that these Nike basketball shoes are stylish enough for everyday casual use. Users report rocking the Uptempo at the beach, school, and work.
  • Several players note that this hooping classic from the Swoosh is still able to provide good ankle support.
  • Some wearers are happy that the material used in the upper does not crease that easily even during aggressive movements.
  • A lot of purchasers are thrilled that this shoe model comes in many colors.
  • A good number of reviewers take note of how easy it is to clean the Nike Air More Uptempo.
  • There is a considerable number of reviewers who say that this shoe grips the court well, providing support to their swift movements.
  • There are positive comments that are directed at how comfortable these classic Nike basketball shoes feel. The maximum-volume Air unit must have worked very well for them.
  • Certainly more than half of those who left reviews say that this shoe fits very true to size.
  • There are many buyers who think that the Nike Air More Uptempo is generally a great purchase.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Wearers usually have nothing to complain about; but when they do, it’s most likely about their observation that this shoe is on the heavier side.
  • A handful say that the Nike Air More Uptempo may need some time to break in.
  • While it’s easy to clean, some users note that these Nike shoes also get dirty quite easily.

Bottom line

The Nike Air More Uptempo is an on-court classic that returns to amaze hoopers once more. This shoe is generally a positively reviewed one. When there are complaints or negative comments, they are just about dimensions that do not play an important rule in performance. Hence, copping this shoe will not be a bad decision at all, especially that it looks attractive enough to be rocked casually.



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  • 40 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    Performance-wise, I didn't really like it, you know. Very slow shoe.

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Profile of Nike Air More Uptempo

Originally released in 1996 and made famous by basketball player Scottie Pippen at around the same time, the Nike Air More Uptempo returns to continue its on-court legacy. It still has the maximum-volume Air sole units that made it such a well-loved basketball sneaker in the past. Of course, it won’t be the Uptempo without its graffiti-inspired aesthetics.


Cushion. Plush comfort and effective impact protection are provided by the Nike Air More Uptempo through the three Air sole units in its midsole. True to its name, the cushioning units are filled with air up to the maximum level to maximize the benefits that they give.

Traction. The outsole of the Nike Air More Uptempo is made of a non-marking solid rubber that adds durability to the shoe. It features a segmented herringbone pattern, which is of course one of the most preferred tread pattern today because of its proven effectiveness especially in supporting swift multidirectional movements.


Length and Width. A lot of the comments about the Nike Air More Uptempo say that the shoe fits true to size. Hence, new buyers can safely go for their usual sizes when they order these Nike basketball shoes in-store or online.

Lockdown. The synthetic leather that the upper is made of significantly contributes to the one-to-one fit of the Nike Air More Uptempo. The fit can be adjusted further by using the traditional system that is integrated in its design. For ease in putting on and taking off the shoe, it has loops on the tongue and heel.


A large part of the upper is made of perforated synthetic leather to ensure ventilation. The tongue is made of mesh and the inside of the shoe is visibly padded to ensure the wearer’s experience of generous next-to-skin comfort.


The Nike Air More Uptempo is famously known for the large “AIR” call out on both sides, which  perhaps is a testament to the shoe’s maximized use of Nike’s Air sole units to give the wearer the optimum level of impact protection and bounce. This aesthetic element draws inspiration from the oversized graffiti and popular art of the 90s.

The shoe is also covered in a number of Swoosh logos in various sizes and prominence.  The iconic logo can be found on the toe, the rear part of the midsole, the heel counter, and the outsole.