Size and fit

The iconic silhouette of the Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit with its unique molded cage helps keep the feet in place with its round-laced lacing system that has never failed to work well since the first release. The sock-like Flyknit material also wraps around the feet perfectly aiding the high collar in keeping the feet snug and ready for various movements. The Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit comes in men's and women’s sizes.

Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit Style

Style-wise, the Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit came out with a more minimalistic style and theme. With simple colorways displaying a monochromatic color scheme, the Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit has shown that the original silhouette is still promising more than 15 years since it was released. The monochromatic color palette also gives the shoe an edge over other remakes of other iconic sneakers as it is versatile in matching clothing and outfits of its wearers. 

Fashion-wise the iconic running shoe silhouette continues to make heads turn with its translucent molded cage and stretchy upper material that comes in full-length stretchy Flyknit that hugs the fit perfectly helping the wearer project a more confident stride and complementing a person’s on the go attitude and looks.

Notable Features

The use of Flyknit technology seems to be the most notable feature of the Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit. Aside from the Duralon outsole and the comfortable Phylon material for the midsole which was already present during the introduction of the Nike Air Presto in 2000, Flyknit material was introduced in 2016 to make the shoe’s neoprene material more lightweight and durable.

Nike has always been leading in terms of introducing new technology such as this time, the use of knitted fabrics across the upper of the athletic shoe with the Flyknit material making the upper more durable yet light and breathable for the feet.

Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit History

The silhouette of the first Nike Air Presto was the brainchild of Tobie Hatfield who was then Nike Senior Director of Athlete Innovation.

In 1996, Hatfield was in Korea and at that time it made an impression on him to design a shoe that would deliver unrivaled fit and comfort. He conceptualized the V-notch, a carved-out area by the ankle intended to improve fit.

It took four years, however, in 2000 when this idea of Hatfield became the Nike Air Presto.  Hatfield at that time took further inspiration for the Presto’s upper from the Nike Huarache with its use of neoprene. But his dilemma was that neoprene is designed to keep in heat and affects shoe breathability, so he had to ask Nike’s materials team to find the perfect material for his design.

Nike’s materials team did not disappoint after they introduced the idea of using spacer mesh, a material used extensively in the medical field. Spacer Mesh is a breathable material yet has a promising cushion and elasticity which can stretch to different directions.

Now that the design and materials have been conceptualized, fitting comes next and Hatfield has another out-of-the-box idea of bringing in a different sizing game for the Presto with sizes ranging from extra small to extra-large, sort of a T-shirt for the foot idea.

The iconic Nike Air Presto further became popular around the time of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney with a hyped-up marketing campaign from Nike to push the brand to runner shoe fans. It was a bold idea for the multi-billion-dollar shoe brand to release a running shoe in bold and several colorways giving the shoe and its wearer more character.

The shoe is composed of a neoprene mesh upper, a lightweight Phylon material midsole, and a Duralon outsole giving it great cushioning, a trademark of the product as an Alpha project, a program developed by Nike that pushed forth the most progressive and technologically advanced footwear.

The Nike Air Presto also blurred the lines between athletic running shoes and the casual street style shoes that have been popular in the consciousness of many sneaker aficionados.

Some 15 years since its first release, Nike has again resurrected the Air presto silhouette but this time using their latest fabric technology for the upper. Since its introduction in 2012 with the Nike Flyknit Racer, Flyknit technology is now being used in performance-engineered footwear of most Nike shoes and apparel. 

Flyknit is a result of a complex process of precision knitting that reduces as much as 60 percent of wastes compared to the usual cut and sews method of manufacturing footwear. Through the Flyknit material, Nike can use single-piece kitted material that resembles a sock-like material that wraps around the feet for a snug-fitting that adapts well to the contours of the feet.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit couples a woven upper with a cored-out Nike Ultra sole that is thicker, bouncier, and promises more shock absorption.
  • The popular sneaker features a semi-translucent Thermo Polyurethane cage to keep the upper body in place.
  • Celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Air presto ultra Flyknit include Drake, Ben Simmons, Zayn Malik, Usher, and Jennifer Lopez.
  • Athletes spotted wearing the shoe include American soccer player AJ Green and Brazilian soccer star Neymar.


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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.