Verdict from 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • A great percentage of wearers have commented that these sneakers by Nike offer comfort and feel beyond their expectations. 
  • These statement shoes are very unique-looking and versatile, based on multiple reviewers. 
  • Numerous commenters have remarked that these kicks’ general support is excellent. 
  • Heaps of users have noticed that the Ispa Joyride Envelope is a pro at being water-resistant. 
  • This high-top shoe is definitely a great find, as per a handful of purchasers. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few users have mentioned that the Joyride Envelope’s style can’t be used comfortably during summer months. 
  • Some wearers have expressed that the shoes do not have enough ankle support for aggressive use. 

Bottom line

Dubbed as the Nike Ispa Joyride Envelope, this latest futuristic silhouette from Nike’s ISPA division is not only tech-savvy but is also tailor-made for taking on the weather elements. With innovative details and advanced technical components, these sneakers are built with a function-over-form mentality, providing utmost support, comfort, and protection.   

In spite of some tweaks to the Joyride Envelope, the utilitarian-minded, fashion-forward shoe is undoubtedly function-focused, delivering a futuristic vision for the explorers of the urban environment. 

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Good to know

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.   

  • 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.


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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.