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The Nike Air Presto Utility is made of soft synthetic and neoprene materials that embrace the feet and offer a secure fit. The shoelaces which are attached to the transparent rib casings across the midfoot is added for aesthetic purposes only since apparently it barely locks the foot down.
The Nike Air Presto, released in a selection of vibrant, graphically-printed neoprene uppers, became extremely popular as a Summer go-to shoe, since it was initially dropped in 2000.
The same low-cut silhouette is used for the Nike Air Presto Utility, a variation that is more ideal for the Fall and Winter seasons as this shoe resembles the upper of rain cleats that keeps the feet dry. The low-cut Utility version looks great with jeans and rolled up pants during the colder months, while joggers and shorts for the warmer months.
The Air Presto is one of the much-sought sneakers by Nike built with attention-grabbing colorways in soft mesh material and uniquely constructed upper without the traditional overlays and accents. Its silhouette became even more prominent as it continues to receive more updates in terms of designs, technologies, fabrics, and colors over the years.
From a slip-on runner it gets a new title in the sneaker world as a utilitarian shoe. From a favorite summer shoe, this sneaker takes in new improvements to make it adaptable to the cold, winter season as well. The design of the rib cage and TPU heel counter are retained in the latest offerings as these are among the pronounced elements of an Air Presto.
During the Fall of 2016, Nike dropped the Air Presto Mid Utility, built for the wintertime season. This shoe is an updated interpretation of the brand’s well-known lightweight runner, the Air Presto. By restructuring the upper using weather-resistant textile and extending the collar, the old runner was immediately transformed into a utilitarian shoe, which was meant to protect the feet during the cold season in a lightweight structure.
In November the same year, Nike dropped a low-cut version of this winterized sneaker named as the Air Presto Utility. This modified version is constructed with thermal insulation and water-repellant cover on the toe box to keep the feet warm and dry during low temperatures. It features the signature translucent rib cage that offers a secure, lockdown fit and was initially offered in subdued colorways that reflect the mood of the season, such as navy, black, and olive.
The Nike Air Presto sneakers first marketed at the turn of the century, in 2000, a period when minimalist designs for running shoes were starting to take shape. Nike was challenged to create a featherweight shoe that will offer runners a barefoot feel.
Nike’s creative minds led by Tobie Hatfield, Richard Clarke, Kevin Hoffer, and Bob Mervar formulated the Air Presto as part of Nike’s Alpha Project. The use of transparent casing across the midfoot and the TPU heel counter cut down a great deal of weight from a traditional racer shoe.
The original drop of the Air Presto at the Sydney Olympic was a blast when Nike released 13 different colorways of this model. Twelve of which had unique monikers, namely: Trouble at Home (which is the most popular among sneaker collectors), Brutal Honey, Rabid Panda, Shady Milkman, Unholy Cumulus, Jack Mackerel, Orange Monk, Presto Bill, Migraine Fly, Abdominal Snowman, Rogue Kielbasas, Catfight Shiner. Only one was left unnamed.
The Air Presto is constructed with a breathable neoprene mesh upper that gives the feet a comfortable fit. The soft upper sits on a lightweight Phylon midsole and Duralon outsole, which incorporated small pockets of air for an ultra soft, smooth ride.
The original Air Presto runners were sold without using the numerical sizing, but like shirts, the size availability for Presto were small (S), medium (M), large (L), and extra large (XL).
16 years after the original release of this shoe, Nike started to create bolder modifications using technologies that was not born until the 2012 like the Flyknit. The Nike Air Presto using the Flyknit technology retained the same slip-on, lightweight, sock-like shoe construction. The Flyknit provides better ventilation inside the shoe.
In the same year, Nike dropped the Utility edition of the Air Presto, starting off with the mid-cut, which resembles a winter cleat. A low-cut variety called the Air Presto Utility was eventually unveiled in the Winter season, which offers versatility in terms of style. The Utility edition comes in a myriad of monochromatic tones that is ideal for year-round use.
- An encapsulated Nike Air unit is embedded in the Phylon foam midsole which offers cushioning.
- The hard-wearing Duralon outsole is made with Waffle tread pattern that offers flexibility and prevent feet from slipping.
- The carbon rubber in the heel region, marked as BRS 1000 is made to last for a long period.
- The Nike Air Presto is part of the Alpha Project. Profiles built under this category are marked with a 5-dot symbol that is integrated into the design of the shoe.
- The 5-dot Alpha Project insignia is seen at the lateral midsole of the Nike Air Presto Utility.
- The plastic casing design on the upper is inspired by the release of the 1998 Apple Inc’s translucent iMac G3.
- A variety of textiles used for the upper eventually came out after the release of the synthetic leather-neoprene combo.
- Olivia Palermo, an American socialite and first woman global style ambassador for Banana Republic and a former cast of the The City TV series, was seen wearing the Nike Air Presto.