Size and fit

The ISPA Joyride Envelope is offered in men’s sizing. These shoes fit true to size so it is recommended to go for one’s normal size. 

Although shoelaces are the traditional way for shoe fastening, the Joyride Envelope ditches and replaces them with a unique folding, bag-like upper that’s structured like an envelope that allows for easy slip-in-and-out access. Furthermore, a more secure and proficient fit and tightness variations are achieved through the versatile Velcro-assisted nylon straps, which further allow the shoe to be sealed inwards or outwards for a flexible look. 

Nike ISPA Joyride Envelope Style

Featuring an incredibly futuristic design, the sneakers utilize a stretchy upper with an envelope-like structure and an inner sleeve that creates a snug fit and added versatility. Moreover, the "envelope" can be folded in two ways. There are also perforated detailings throughout the upper that keep things well ventilated, while the ripstop paneling protects the sneaker wherever it goes. 

Arriving in only a few colorways, in a Blue Hero/Total Crimson/Barely Rose variant and one in a stealthy Black/Metallic Silver/White variant, these sneakers couldn’t be more versatile. And as stylish and dynamic-looking as they are, a casual or an outdoor-inspired ensemble go best with these shoes. One can go for a pair of joggers or straight pants which are then topped with hoodies, parkas, or even a plain-colored shirt. 

Notable Features

Taking the shape and structure of its namesake, the shoes introduce two ways of folding the futuristic upper. When it’s folded to the lateral side, one will have a weatherized, water-resistant pair, keeping one’s feet dry and protected. On the other hand, when the weather heats up, the envelope should be folded to the medial side in order to take advantage of its perforated design while providing breathability and airflow. 

For a smooth and responsive ride, a lightweight Nike React foam does the trick. In addition, the plush three-pod cushioning system promotes smooth transitions and provides stability, making it perfect for daily wear. Utilizing the Swoosh’s latest midsole advancement, which places bead-filled pods underfoot, the Joyride cushioning tech ensures ideal comfort and some bounce, providing more speed and stability with every step. Finally, the rubber outsole increases friction and secures every stride. 

Nike ISPA Joyride Envelope History

In 1964, the world’s leading sports brand Nike was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports by Bill Bowerman, a track-and-field coach at the University of Oregon, and his former student Phil Knight. This teacher-student tandem invested $500 to import Tiger shoes from Japan to sell them in the United States. They then opened their first retail outlet in 1966 and officially became Nike, which the company takes the name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, in 1971. A year later, they launched the Nike brand in 1972. As the years progressed, the brand also progressed coming up with new shoes in the most updated technology and style.

Standing for Improvise, Scavenge, Protect, and Adapt, Nike ISPA has been a long-standing component of the Swoosh brand. For most of its history, ISPA existed as a futuristic concept development team that’s working on the future functionality and utilitarian-mindedness of Nike’s footwear. The latest entry to the ISPA is the Joyride Envelope, a function-centered sneaker with a futuristic aesthetic. This high-top shoe gives a futuristic vision for the urban environment. With its quirky yet innovative details, they provide easy on and off access, while giving the option of either wet or warm weather support.   

Nice to know

  • There is a rectangular sandal strap added to the sneaker that wraps from the heel around the ankle, helping support your foot with every step.
  • Also, embroidered patches around the ankle and toe provide additional support while helping resist abrasion.

Facts / Specs

Style: Futuristic, Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Other
Collection: Nike React, Nike Ispa, Nike Joyride
Closure: Slip-on, Strap
Material: Rubber Sole
Season: Spring, Winter, Fall

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