Size and fit

The mid-height collar and cleat-shaped design of the Nike Air Presto Mid Utility give the foot a supportive feel while the stretchy synthetic leather upper gives them a snug fit. The Presto’s warm lining also gives it the plush feel and cushioning for a comfortable winter walk.

Zippers considerately placed on the medial and lateral sides and pull tabs at the front also gives the foot an easy insert and pull after use. 

Nike Air Presto Mid Utility Style

In terms of style, the Nike Air Presto Mid Utility can certainly make some heads turn with its sock-like fit and minimalist look perfect for the winter months. The cleat-shaped upper makes it the perfect working shoe for those who have extended hours of walking on the job or those who simply need to walk a few extra miles during the winter.  Its water repellent material also helps users continue with their strides in their warm and cozy winter clothing while wearing extra light footwear. Subtle colorways of the shoe also fit well the shoes’ intended utilitarian design.

Notable Features

The wise combination of materials for the Nike Air Presto Mid Utility may be its prominent feature. This includes thermal insulation and weather-resistant finish to keep the foot warm and dry during the colder months. The shoe also features TPU molded midfoot cage and lacing system for lightweight support.

For a durable feel and flexible traction, the shoes also have a Duralon rubber outsole with reinforced sticky rubber at the heel and flex grooves to support various types of movement on wet and dry ground surfaces.

Nike Air Presto Mid Utility History

In 1996, Tobie Hatfield, Nike Senior Director of Athlete Innovation, was in Korea at that time and 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.

However, it was only after four years, in 2000, when Hatfield’s idea 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 sneakers became popular around the time of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. 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.

Since the rise in popularity of the Nike Air Presto, it has been regarded more not as a running shoe but as casual footwear. The Nike Air Presto Mid Utility has been geared towards providing everyday comfort and warmth during the winter months.

Additional Info

  • The plastic midfoot cage provides support to the stretchy and breathable synthetic upper.
  • A full Phylon midsole with an Air-Sole unit in the heel gives the shoes superior cushioning.
  • Sticky reinforced rubber outsole gives shoes traction and grip to various ground surfaces.
  • Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior and NBA star Lebron James were spotted wearing the Nike Air Presto Mid Utility.
  • Justin Bieber was seen wearing a customized Acronym x Nike Air Presto Mid Utility.
  • Hip-hop stars Chance the Rapper and Jim Jones was also seen wearing the shoes.


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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.