Profile of the Nike Air More Uptempo

Originally released in 1996 (the same year Michael Jordan’s 12th sneaker was released) 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.

Special Colorways of the Nike Air More Uptempo

This 90’s classic is available in the following head-turning hues:

  • Amarillo/White/Speed Red/Neptune Green ‘UK’
  • Barely Green/White
  • Black/Black-Black ‘Triple Black’
  • Black/Black-Volt
  • Black/Hot Punch/Volt
  • Black/Metallic Gold ‘France’
  • Black/White
  • Cool Grey/White/Midnight Navy
  • Dark Stucco/White/Black ‘Iridescent’
  • Flax/Flax-Phantom
  • Light Bone/White-Light Bone
  • Night Maroon/Night Maroon-Sail
  • Obsidian/Obsidian-White-Gum Light Brown
  • University Blue/White
  • University Red/University Red-Black ‘Chicago’
  • University Red/White/Lucid Green ‘Italy’
  • Varsity Red/White-Black (Hoop Pack)
  • White/Black-Varsity Red
  • White/Chrome/Blue Tint
  • White/Gorge Green-Metallic Gold ‘Atlanta’
  • White/Gym Red
  • White/Varsity Red/White
  • White/White-Bamboo Gum-Light Brown
  • White/White-White ‘Triple White’
  • Wolf Grey/Midnight Navy-White ‘NYC’

Nike Air More Uptempo City Pack

The ‘City Pack’ series pays homage to the cities of New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. ‘NYC’ boasts a Yankees-inspired combination of wolf grey, midnight navy, and white. ‘Chicago’ features a combination of red and black. ‘Atlanta’ comes dressed in white with green and gold accents. On each pair, the large “Air” branding is replaced by “NYC,” “CHI,” and “ATL.”

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Dusk’

Nike commemorates the 2011 NBA lockout with a two-shoe pack called ‘Dawn to Dusk.’ The set pays tribute to the athletes who never stop playing the game of basketball.

The first to release is the Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Dusk.’ Sold exclusively at House of Hoops, the ‘Dusk’ colorway boasts a night blue hue that fades into orange chalk. Completing the set is the Nike Air Force 180 ‘Dawn.’

Nike Air More Uptempo Doernbecher

Nike picked 11-year old Brodie Miller to take part in their 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle program. Miller, an aspiring comic book artist who was diagnosed with complex brain malformation, dreamed up an alter ego who is featured on his Nike Air More Uptempo. “Generator Man is based on me,” he explains. “Not only can he shoot healing energy out of his hands, he also has the powers of mind control.”

Miller’s take on the Nike Air More Uptempo features a glow-in-the-dark outsole that reveals the phrase “Be Strong.” “With all my surgeries, I’ve had to be really strong,” he says. Replacing the oversized “Air” branding are the letters “BPM" which stands for “beats per minute.” "BPM" also serves as his initials, Brodie Preston Miller.

Nike Air More Uptempo EU City Pack

The EU City Pack pays tribute to the cities of Milan, Paris, and London. ‘Milan’ is dressed in green, white, and red. ‘Paris’ boasts a combination of black and gold. ‘London’ or ‘UK’ arrives in a multicolored theme that is representative of the city’s culture.

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Knicks’

The Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Knicks’ aka ‘The Dunk’ is a nod to the Bulls-Knicks rivalry back in the 90s.  These Nike basketball shoes are dressed in the Knicks colors of white, royal, and orange. The number 33 is embroidered on the heel as a reference to Scottie Pippen’s 1994 Playoff dunk over Patrick Ewing.

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Olympic’

The Nike Air More Uptempo returns in the original ‘Olympic’ colorway Scottie Pippen wore during the 1996 Summer Olympics. These Nike basketball shoes feature a patriotic combination of red, white, and blue.

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Pinstripe’

This iteration of the Nike Air More Uptempo is part of the Pinstripe Pack that celebrates the Bulls-Magic rivalry in the mid-90s. These basketball shoes feature a black-based upper with pinstripe detailing inside the oversized “Air” branding.

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Scottie Pippen’

The Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Scottie Pippen’ is a nod to the original colorway Pippen wore in 1996. It features a white leather base with hits of university red and black.

Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Tri-Color’

This iteration of Scottie Pippen’s iconic sneaker boasts three different shades across its upper. White on the toes, grey on the middle, and black on the heel.

Supreme X Nike Air More Uptempo

Dubbed the ‘Suptempo’ pack, the Supreme X Nike Air More Uptempo collection includes three pairs dressed in red/white, gold, and black. On all three pairs, “Supreme” is written across the upper replacing the original “Air” branding.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 17oz
Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air
Features: Retro / Ankle support
Colorways: White / Red / Blue / Green / Black / Purple / Grey / Gold
SKUs: 414962002 / 414962401 / 921948003 / 921948102 / CJ6129001 / DD9223100 / DM3035100 / DM8150100 / DN8008001 / DO6718100

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.