Verdict from +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • For the majority of users, this sneaker offers decent outdoor performance with its weather resistance properties.
  • The sock-like Nike Air Presto Utility is incredibly comfortable, cited by several users.
  • For several buyers, this model provides a pronounced of arch support.
  • Reviewers like the bounciness coming from the encapsulated Air in the midsole.
  • The Nike BRS 1000 rubber outsole is really long-lasting, said many reviewers.
  • Few mentioned that no slipping with this shoe as the Waffle pattern on the sole offers traction control.
  • The neoprene material on the upper hugs the foot quite nicely for many testers.
  • Reviewers tried a couple of “water tests” on the upper and they are so delighted as the synthetic leather that covers the forefoot keeps the feet dry.
  • It displays toned down version of the ACRONYM x Nike Air Presto without the expensive price tag.
  • Mud and dirt on the synthetic leather upper are easy to clean, said many buyers.
  • Some mentioned that this model is the ideal pair to put on during the winter and under the light rain.

2 reasons not to buy

  • At least one reviewer noted that the shank in the midfoot tends to dig into the inner arch of the foot after wearing the shoe for a long time.
  • On the aesthetic side, a reviewer is bothered by the very low-cut collar as it reveals the sock he is wearing.

Bottom line

One can expect tons of technical and performance benefits from this shoe, branded as Nike Air Presto Utility. While this kick is not a 100% water-resistant shoe, but it will keep the feet warm and dry inside this sock-like sneaker.

Staying true to its name, this utility shoe has supportive and cushioning properties with an Air unit in the midsole and Waffle pattern on the outsole. It may have some flaws as expected in any shoe products, but it is generally functional and comes with a decent price tag.

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Good to know

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.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.