Size and fit

The low-top Nike Air Presto Premium comes with a number of styles for both genders. The earlier versions of this shoe had the same size coding used in T-shirts as the initial offerings were like shirts for the feet. Nike reverted to the traditional sizing chart used in sneakers in general for this variety.

Generally, the Air Prestos run true to size. Reviewers recommend that those in half size, get a full size shorter to obtain a desirable fit. The lace-up closure on the midfoot allows users to get a secure, snug fit.

Nike Air Presto Premium Style

The Nike Air Presto gets a luxe treatment through a number of Premium variations. Each low-top Nike Air Presto Premium edition has a character of its own that offers an impression of sophistication to one’s casual, laidback wear.

This luxe iteration maintains the slim and minimalist attributes of the original 2000 Air Presto silhouette which is highly noticeable with a midfoot cage, pronounced by contrasting shades. Just like the earlier versions, the low-top Air Presto Premium works well with shorts and tapered pants that highlight the silhouette of this sneaker.

Notable Features

What sets the low-top Nike Air Presto Premium apart from the standard Air Presto is the improved quality of material used in this edition. Nike has been dropping Air Prestos with elite form-fitting covers, which evolves from denim design to metallic finishes, to chic pastels, to classy monochromatic contrasts, to synthetic leather. The list goes on as the brand continues to expand its luxe collection.

The brand stretches not only its upper limits but the value it puts on the Premium line. The Air Presto Premium classy uppers are either paired with a rubber outsole compound called Duralon which holds the weight of the shoe down or with a gum rubber outsole which has the same bendability plus the added grip feature.

Nike Air Presto Premium History

Nike has long been engaged in finding ways to trim down the weight of shoes that will give users a barefoot yet comfortable feel. In 1986, Nike’s design maverick Bruce Kilgore conceptualized a breakthrough running shoe that is super light and almost resembles a pair of aqua shoes. Fittingly named the Sock Racer, this shoe had a mesh upper that hugs the foot like a sock, which is attached to a polyurethane outsole.

Not too long later, in 2000, Nike came up with another lightweight running shoe, called the Nike Air Presto. Just like the Sock Racer, the Air Presto is constructed with a flimsy one-piece upper that holds up well through the support of a minimalist lace-up closure and heel counter. These combined features offer a secure, lockdown feel and provide the foot its needed stability minus the weighty overlays.

Nike unleashed 13 colorways of the Air Presto during its launch at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. It was like opening the floodgates to introduce several kinds of dynamic runners dressed in multicolored mesh covers. This shoe gives the feet a comfortable fit as its upper is paired with a lightweight Phylon midsole and a Duralon rubber outsole component, which incorporated a small pocket of Nike Air cushioning unit for a smooth ride.

The initial pack of the Nike Air Presto did not sit long on the shelves as it sold like hotcakes. Apart from its cleatie-like neoprene upper construction, which is like having the foot wrapped with T-shirt, the sizing for this shoe was coded the same way as shirts. Specifically, the size availability is small (S), medium (M), large (L), and extra large (XL).

In 2016, Nike gave the public a shower of Premium versions of the Air Presto. Just in time for the Summer season, the brand unwrapped the Air Presto Premium Denim Pack in four different styles. From formerly having T-shirts for the feet, Nike introduced denim jackets for this collection. This pack, which offers a punch to one’s summer look, is built with various stretchable indigo-colored denim uppers with support cages as its outer skeletons.

On the same year, Nike introduced the Granite variety of the Air Presto Premium, which is dressed in the same synthetic neoprene upper. This Premium edition comes in a variety of clean monochrome shades, namely Tumbled Gray, Granite, Dark Gray, and Black paired with a tan-colored gum sole.

In 2017, more Premium selections of the Air Presto conquered the sneaker market. As the Spring season brings new vibe, so as the Oatmeal-colored upper dropped during such time, which is hugged by a translucent cage overlay and a heel counter that match with the same material on the protective toe cap.

More luxe pastel shades were dropped under the Premium line, which aimed to tap the women market, such as the Sunset Tint that is predominantly white with hints of pale pink on the Swoosh branding, toecap, and midsole. The Gold Star adds to the soft-toned variety, which is built with a very light shade of yellow paired with tonal accents on the shoe’s distinct features.

Another soft palette added to the Air Presto Premium line that exudes a sense of femininity is the Silt Red. This women’s exclusive sneaker is splashed with light pink tone on the entire cover with touches of dark rose color on the collar and varying degrees of pink on the laces, midfoot rib cage, and heel pull tab.

There were also dark colorway varieties unveiled in the same year that offer a feminine appeal. These are Night Maroon which is geared towards the burgundy palette and the Black Out which is covered with carbon tone from the upper to the sole.

Also in 2017, the brand introduced elastic synthetic leather covers elevating the aesthetic appeal of this lifestyle sneaker, which continues to grab the attention not only of women but men consumers as well.  

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air Presto Premium, a low-top lifestyle sneaker, is made with a stretchable upper using synthetic fabrics and leather.
  • As its name implies, the Air Prestos have the proprietary Air cushioning unit in the sole.
  • The trademark encapsulated Air unit embedded in the midsole of this sneaker, particularly in the heel region, is the same component seen in most models under the Air Max line.
  • The Air unit is made up of durable polyurethane bag filled up with compressed gases that offer cushioning to the feet.
  • The Air Presto was conceptualized by Tobie Hatfield, who happens to be the brother of Nike’s legendary designer Tinker Hatfield.


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