Who should buy the Nike Air Presto Essential

One of the minimalist-styled athleisure shoes, Nike Air Presto Essential was released in 2000 packed with the latest footwear tech. This is definitely a good buy if you are looking for:

  • A shoe that offers an all-day comfort
  • An inexpensive shoe with sufficient support

Nike Air Presto Essential logo

Nike Air Presto Essential Style

Keep things simple and clean with the low-top Air Presto Essential sneakers. Offered in neutral and vibrant hues, this humble sneaker is capable of kicking your style up a notch with its eye-catching silhouette. Its stylish looks go with a variety of sporty and casual outfits, baggy shorts, joggers, and jeans included.

Nike Air Presto Essential heel

Stretchy and breathable mesh

Made with a stretchy, breathable mesh this shoe is capable of providing an adaptive fit and all-day comfort while offering the necessary support.

Nike Air Presto Essential upper

Reduced collar tension

The carved out ankle dubbed as the “V-notch” reduces tension on the collar area and allows the upper to grow in length, thus improving the shoe's fit all the more.

Nike Air Presto Essential collar

Swoosh” branded Air-infused Phylon midsole

The Air-infused Phylon midsole offers ultralight cushioning and reliable impact protection

Nike Air Presto Essential midsole

Duralon outsole

The latter provides flexible and durable multi-directional traction.

Nike Air Presto Essential outsole

Heel pull tab

The heel pull tab is added for quick and easy slip-on/off.

Nike Air Presto Essential pul tab

Lockdown lacing system

The midfoot cage and heel counter double up as an eyestay for the shoe’s lacing system. This feature helps wearers achieve lockdown fit.

Nike Air Presto Essential lacing system

Nike Air Presto Essential History

For the past years, the demand for lightweight footwear with a barefoot-like feel has radically increased. Stepping up in the game is the Nike Presto. Known for its ultimate fit and comfort, this shoe is arguably one of the most sought-after minimalist-styled athleisure shoes created by the brand.

Making its first appearance during the Sydney Olympics, the Nike Air Presto, crafted with a stretchable yet highly-breathable material called the Spacer mesh and packed with the latest footwear tech, won the admiration of runners and sneaker fanatics alike.

Nike Air Presto Essential lining

Aside from the ingenious marketing campaigns and odd sizing, how the shoe got its name is also amusing. Through crowdsourcing, the brand received over 300 name suggestions and the one that stood out the most was “Presto Magic.” A name very suitable for the shoe's seamless construction that -- "Presto!"-- fits like magic.

Throughout the years, a variety of editions of the Nike Air Presto have been released all of which maintain their iconic shape intact. The Nike Air Presto Essential is among the more recent models. Making a preview on December 2015, it dropped without warning in the year 2016.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Presto
Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Presto
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Tobie Hatfield

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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.