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Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
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Nike Air Presto GPX History
Nike first dropped a pack of the Air Presto in 13 different colorways at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. This featherweight set of sneakers with a distinguishable T-shirt fabric for the upper was Nike’s answer to provide runners the impression of traveling barefoot. This minimalist looking shoe undoubtedly became an instant sensation among elite runners and sneaker enthusiasts.
In 2016, together with a number of retro models, Nike simultaneously released new designs of the Air Presto dubbed as the GPX edition. A range of sneakers with multi colored printed graphics made for the upper. Quite reflective of earthly elements, a pack of the Air Presto GPX was unveiled just in time for the summer season.
It consisted of three designs such as a fiery red-orange-purple combo dubbed as Vivid Sulfur, olive green- yellow-white for the Phantom Green, and shades of blue for the Ocean Fog. These were hot commodities, which instantly vanished off the shelves, leaving a few pairs for retailers and resellers to peddle.
The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was also a timely comeback for the OG Air Presto Olympic iteration released for the same international game in 2000. Named as the Air Presto GPX Olympic, this version had a few subtle revisions, but it’s almost identical to the original unveiled 16 years earlier. The circular ring designs on the upper of the 2000 version run around the forefoot to the heel. While the material used for the rib cage and heel counter of the 2016 edition is frosted versus the glossy gray synthetic system used in the original silhouette.
Another GPX design released in that same year is the Pixels. Repetitive black and white square patterns that resemble the smallest display in a digital imaging run across the cover of this version. While the overlays, heel counter, and toe cap are made of green translucent contrasting material.
A sneaker with a splash of tropical prints in pink and purple on a black backdrop adds up to the list of GPX models revealed in 2016. This model called Tropical had an upper complimented by white, black, and dusty gray accents.
A vibrantly patterned version called Multicolor completes the GPX menu issued during that same year. The dazzling mixture of fuschia, violet, and turquoise runs from the waist to the forefoot and offsets the remaining part of the upper comprising a black heel counter, a toe cap, and a synthetic lacing system.
Nike Air Presto GPX Style
The Nike Air Presto GPX comes in a variety of of colorful graphical prints for the upper that goes well with plain, bold colored clothes. This low profile, minimalist silhouette makes it appealing together with shorts, slim fitting pants, and joggers. The variety of color patterns give the users the versatility to pair up this sneaker with various numbers of colored clothes.
The Nike Air Presto GPX has a one-piece upper and tongue with a sock-like fit. The synthetic lacing apparatus provides an aesthetic appeal and less of a lockdown feel, according to many reviewers.
The earlier iterations of this so-called tees for the feet disregarded the numerical sizing used in shoes and adapted the sizing concept for clothes, from 3XS to XXXL. As numerous variations of this minimalist silhouette came out over the years, Nike reverted to the standard numerical sizing system.
The GPX version carries the same universal sizing. It is obtainable in men’s sizes from 6 to 11 US, with no half sizes and comes in medium width. Many users suggested that those with half sizes, choose a full size down to achieve a good fit. This shoe generally runs true to size.
The distinct feature of the GPX variation of the Nike Air Presto is a play of different graphic prints on its classifiable neoprene mesh upper, which comes in various names. These are: the Olympic, the Summer pack, the Tropical, the Pixels, and the Multicolor. These vibrant prints offer a more trendy upgrade of the bold, solid colors that were released in previous editions.
The midsole is made up of Phylon or very durable foam pellets made into a mold, which makes the sneaker ultra-lightweight.
- The five dots on the heel area is an indication of the Air Sole unit in the midsole located in that region.
- The Duralon outsole which is the lightest material for the outsole is a reinforced rubber that offers durable traction.
- The vertical and horizontal flex grooves provide the needed flexibility when moving in different directions.
- Its dynamic mesh upper that gives the feet a comfortable fit was advertised as having one’s feet wrapped with a T-shirt.
- The original Air Presto is a brainchild of athletic footwear developer Tobie Hatfield, the brother of Nike’s formidable designer Tinker Hatfield.