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The Nike M2K Tekno SP has padded interiors keep it well-cushioned while removing them on or off becomes easy with the back heel pull tabs. Regular round laces also keep the feet secured. The M2K Tekno SP come in men’s sizes. Women may find equivalent sizes by going 1.5 sizes down from the men’s sizes.

Dad shoes continued to be the most talked about sneaker trend for 2018. The Swoosh brand, of course, with its extensive lifestyle shoe archive, dropped their own dad shoe version minus the often outrageous and steep price tags of its competitors from other brands.

The Nike M2K Tekno Sneaker SP came out as a follow-up with more breathable materials and textured overlays. The release came in three colorways namely Sequoia/Cargo Khaki/Black, Atmosphere Grey/Dark Grey/WHite/Gunsmoke, and Linen/Wheat/Ale Brown colorway.

The monochromatic colorways are easy to style as their almost neutral theme easily blends in without overpowering clothing. The shoes are best worn with joggers and track pants, ankle or cropped pants, and boxy shorts topped by loose or relaxed-fit shirts, hoodies, and jackets.

The chunky-soled silhouette of the Nike M2K Tekno SP shoes is highlighted by the layered upper composed of leather and textile takes influences from the Nike Air Monarch. The breathable upper which comprises of leather and textile overlays is edgier than the previous iteration which has leather all over the upper.  The updated shoe also retained the lush tongue and collar as well as the TPU heel clip at the back for extra protection, support, and stability. The comfortable interiors are also enhanced by the foam midsole that delivers the right amount of cushioning for a lifestyle kick.

Released in time for the Spring/Summer show of designer John Elliott in January 2018, the Nike M2K Tekno was conceptualized by Nike Senior Footwear Designer Jin Hong. Hong came out with the edgier and updated look of the beloved Nike Air Monarch just in time when the chunky dad shoe trend has started to become the fad in the sneaker world.

  From a training sneaker to a coveted dad shoe

The Swoosh brand’s designers placed narrower lasts into the original Air Monarch training silhouette for a fresh take on the heritage sneaker. The contemporary makeover was further upgraded with a thicker cushioning in the tongue and collar that featured the NikeLab logo.

As the reworked version of the cult classic Air Monarch that was dropped in the 2000s, the Nike M2K Tekno has a width-variable design and is intended as an everyday sneaker for all-day wear. Surprisingly,  M2K Tekno sneakers by Nike was initially dropped as a women’s exclusive design with colorways releasing in Mahogany Mink, Particle Beige, and Metallic Silver. Hong explained that while it was intended for the female sneakerheads, they have learned that men also had a keen interest in the design.  

As a result, the Swoosh brand also dropped other colorways that will be more appealing for men. The thick-soled kicks with a bulky appearance came at a very appropriate time when sneakerheads have been looking for dad shoes at an affordable price point compared to the Yeezys and Balenciagas that have been lording over the luxury sneaker realms. For only $130 price, the chunky-soled leather kicks in often monochromatic tones with the right amount of color hits in its design have been selling fairly well that the brand made a follow-up release with the Nike M2K Tekno SP.

The  Nike M2K Tekno SP shoes that dropped in December 2018 retained the futuristic heel clip while also improving on the upper materials and overlays. For the SP version, the M2K Tekno sneaker was reworked in leather and textile for added breathability and lighter weight. It also featured perforations in the side panel and a thinner textile material in the toe box. An added distinction to the design is the various textures and patterns of the upper overlays which gave more character to its dad sneaker design.

  • A heel pull tab at the back allows for easy entry and exit.
  • The removable insole allows for quick replacement of orthotic inserts.
  • Non-marking rubber outsole inspired by the Nike Air Monarch IV.
  • Embroidered and printed Nike Swoosh branding details are found at the side panel, forefoot, bottom sole, tongue and in the insole.


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