Be exemplary bold with the Nike Air More Uptempo '96

In 1996, Nike launched recognizable basketball footwear with the iconic AIR branding dubbed the Nike Air More Uptempo. It was seen garbed by one of the basketball superstars Scottie Pippen, who earned nicknames like Robin (while Jordan is the Batman), and later on Batman (while Jordan is the Superman.)

Displaying a look similar to popular basketball shoes such as the Reebok Shaqnosis, the Swoosh re-introduced this audacious silhouette with improved technology and the latest fabrics. 

Remarkable features:

Keeping it classic, Nike highlights a few notable elements found on the Air More Uptempo 96:

  • Underfoot, it has a full-length Air-Sole unit visible through four windows found on the forefoot, midfoot, and heel.
  • The side panels are emblazoned with prominent AIR branding for an eye-catching flair.
  • Its grippy rubber sole adds confidence while walking or playing on and off the court.

Like most iconic silhouettes, Nike tweaked a little refresher on the Air More Uptempo 96 to give it a new life. Here are a few of the most celebrated hues the Swoosh has launched:

  • Laser crimson. This color has a distinct airbrush effect on its huge AIR branding. This defining feature is highlighted more by using black nubuck underlays.
  • Olympics. Worn by Pippen during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Nike brought it back just in time for the 2020 Olympics. Dominated by blue and white, this sneaker carries Pippen's number, embroidered on its heel, which sets it apart from the other Air More Uptempo colorways. 
  • Black and white. The most classic on this lineup, this colorway made an iconic appearance on the 1997 film George of the Jungle. The bold AIR branding is outlined with white stitched over a monochromatic black sneaker.

Facts / Specs

Style: Chunky, Dad, Classic, Sporty
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air More, Nike Uptempo, Nike Air More Uptempo
Closure: Laces
Material: Rubber Sole, Leather, Synthetic, Nubuck
Technology: Air Cushion, Phylon

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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.