The Nike Air Oscillate has a great fitting that runs true to size. The shoe comes with a flat shoelacing, soft cushioning around the collar and a heel back pull tab for easy entry and exit. The shoe comes in medium width in sizes for men ranging from US size 6 to 13.
In terms of style, the all-white leather upper with flat lacing and simple White-Blue-Black colorway has caught not much of the fashionista crowd but the older generation who wants a versatile shoe that leans more on the practical side than it looks. Considered by some as a ‘Dad Sneakers,’ the Nike Air Oscillate does not disappoint its loyal fanbase who only want comfortable cushioning and superior traction that this late 1990s tennis shoe sneaker has been offering all these years.
While the shoes had a few makeovers in the past years, the original colorway remains to be the most popular. Other modern takes and colorways of the silhouette include the Nike Air Oscillate “Jumpsmash,” “Safari,” and “USA” and the modernized Nike Air Zoom Oscillate and the Quickstrike version.
When Tinker Hatfield designed the NikeCourt Air Oscillate, he only had the best features in mind for tennis athletes. The design’s most notable features include a one-piece leather upper with a neoprene cleatie for a solid stride, a cored-out midsole and molded panel for a lightweight glide with added durability, and lastly, a Zoom Air unit for a reliable underfoot cushioning.
To further make them an impressive tennis shoe, the design also featured a modified sole with herringbone pattern for a flexible grip and traction on various tennis courts whether they are clay courts, hard courts, grass courts, and even carpeted courts.
Veteran shoe designer Tinker Hatfield designed the unassuming NikeCourt Air Oscillate specifically for American tennis star Pete Sampras in 1996 and formally released the shoe in 1997.
But making Sampras wear the iconic tennis shoe was another story. Nike, particularly Hatfield, had a hard time convincing Sampras, who has been wearing the same Nike shoes for years, to wear his new creation. It took Hatfield a game of pick-up basketball for the tennis star to try on the shoes for the first time. Sampras felt the comfort of the Zoom Air cushioning when he was eventually told by the Nike designer that the shoes were really designed and built for his plays on the tennis court.
From then on, starting 1997, Pete Sampras has worn the Nike Air Oscillate starting with the Australian Open where he won and other competitions for the next seven years. While Hatfield designed the shoe for the 14-time Grand Slam titleholder, he was not able to gain athlete input until Sampras actually wore the shoe. Instead, to create the perfect tennis shoe, the veteran Nike shoe designer worked with various tennis athletes on different competitive levels to create the perfect shoe for the American tennis champ.
Further expressing their appreciation for Sampras for his years of loyalty to the brand, Nike has also customized a 10.25 size only for the tennis star. Aside from the Nike Air Oscillate, Nike also gifted Pete a special Jordan Oscillate PE for his 26th birthday which the star wore in the 1997 US Open. Further moving forward with the Nike and Sampras collaboration, the company also brought to fore the Nike Air Oscillate Lux to celebrate the tennis star’s 14 Grand Slam tennis titles. Other models of the iconic tennis shoe came out later on with the Nike Air Oscillate II in 1999 and the Nike Air Oscillate III in 2001 with a slightly re-tooled look.
More than 20 years since it was released, Nike brought back the original design of the Nike Air Oscillate in 2015 with tennis fans still having the nostalgic vibe in wearing the legendary tennis shoe with its White-Blue-Black colorway.
- Among celebrities spotted wearing the Nike Air Oscillate include American Soccerer Victor Cruz.
- Other designs that have taken the Nike Air Oscillate as their inspiration include the recent collaboration between tennis star Roger Federer and Nike with the Oscillate Evolve RF and the NikeCourt Oscillate Roger Federer.