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Road

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

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

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

9 reasons to buy

  • A good number of reviewers claimed that the Nike Air More Uptempo provides good ankle support.
  • The shoe felt really comfortable on the foot, according to a lot of the reviewers.
  • A majority of the buyers of the shoe expressed how they love its stylish look.
  • A handful of users pointed out that the shoe offers good traction.
  • The shoe is easy to clean, according to several reviewers.
  • Some of the users expressed that the shoe breaks-in easily.
  • Several of the buyers were highly appreciative of the colorways of the shoe, saying that it has very cool colors.
  • Some reviewers were glad that the shoe doesn’t crease easily.
  • A buyer can choose around a variety of colorways offered for the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the reviewers pointed out that the Nike Air More Uptempo feels heavy on the foot.
  • The shoe is offered at an expensive price.
  • Several were frustrated that it is quite hard to cop a pair online.

Bottom line

The Nike Air More Uptempo is a retro shoe from the Nike brand. This basketball designed shoe provides great ankle support for the foot. Although the shoe may feel a bit heavy, it does provide great comfort with its full-length Air cushioning. Despite the shoe being sold at an expensive price, its various offered colorways, stylish design, and a rather good quality; the shoe can be a great purchase.


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Nike Air More Uptempo History

Designer Wilson Smith, back in the year 1996, made a silhouette that focused more about the AIR. His creation was provided with more Nike Air Units for cushioning along with a leather upper with some hints of mesh material and 14 Nike Swooshes.

When designing the shoe, Smith took inspiration from the popular art of graffiti, making the shoe as a total aesthetic for sneakerheads. The Nike Air More Uptempo’s first released colorway was the black and white. This shoe took the spotlight when it was seen being worn by iconic basketball player, Scottie Pippen. During the 1996 Playoffs, he had an average per game of 17 points, 2.6 steals, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals.

Pippen, however, didn’t use the shoe for its look, though he was able to make the whole shoe look cool. It was mainly about the shoe’s technology why he wore it on the court during their win in 1996 Playoffs. Since then, the popularity of the shoe has not gone down.

It was retroed in the year 2005, then again in the year 2006, 2010, and again in the year 2012. The strong standing of the shoe remains. Nike also re-released the classic colorways of the silhouette. On its 20th anniversary, the brand issued brand new colorways for the Air More Uptempo.

In 2017, Supreme and Nike also teamed up for a collaborative release for the Nike Air More Uptempo. The Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo includes three different colorways in Metallic Gold, Triple Black, and a combination of Red and White. In this version of the Air More Uptempo, instead of the signature “AIR” branding on the side panels of the shoe, the “SUPREME” branding was used.

The 2017 releases of the silhouette still carry the same trademark features of the shoe that one can see on the 1996 original release. The shoe is now offered in a lot more colorways that allows people to have a variety of choices in picking the right color for their taste.

Nike Air More Uptempo Style

This Nike retro represents versatility when it comes to its style. Though the Nike Air More Uptempo was originally designed as a basketball shoe, it can fully function well as a fashion footwear. It can become an essential part of a streetwear wardrobe, especially when the look and design of the shoe took inspiration from graffiti and pop art. This basketball sneaker was seen being flaunted around by both celebrities and non-celebrities as a complement for their street style look. The shoe is perfect when paired with a pair of regular jeans, slim-fit jeans, skinny jeans, cuffed jeans, jogger jeans, joggers, basketball shorts, and short-shorts for women.

Fit & Sizing

Basically, the Nike Air More Uptempo provides the same fit and ankle support as how it was when it was first released in 1996. The shoe is offered for both men’s and women’s sizing. In men’s sizing, the sizes offered ranges from size 6 to size 15 while in women’s sizing, the sizes offered ranges from size 7 to 12. Half sizes are also available. The shoe fairly runs true to size.

Notable Features

What mostly attracts the attention of buyers when they go and grab a pair of the Nike Air More Uptempo is the colorways that are offered for the shoe. Most would say that they loved how cool the colors looked making the shoe even more stylish. The great comfort and ankle support offered by the shoe also received a lot of compliments as the wearers were satisfied of the comfortable feeling they got when wearing the shoe. Most also appreciate the great ankle support they received from these pair of kicks.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air More Uptempo was seen on the foot of celebrities in the likes of Rita Ora, Orange Calderon, and Dara.
  • This mid-cut shoe also took inspiration from the unconventional 1990’s style.
  • Wilson Smith, Nike Designer, went to describe the Nike Air More Uptempo as the “best”, saying that the mid 90’s is a larger-than-life era and the shoe somehow stands as an emblem for that time.