Who should buy the Nike x NOCTA Hot Step Air Terra

Grab a pair of this sneaker if:

  • you prefer the bouncy cushioning of Nike Air units on your feet
  • sneakers with adaptable style are what you are looking for
  • you collect hyped collaboration sneakers
  • you favor buying comfortable and grippy kicks
  • Chunky sneakers please you 

Who should NOT buy it

Wide-footed users, this might not work for you as the Nocta x Nike Hot Step Air Terra is known for its snug fit. The tongue is connected to the rest of the midfoot, giving a narrow and lockdown feel. If you prefer roomy sneakers that will allow your toes to wiggle, check out the stylishly chunky Nike Air More Money or the minimalist yet plush-designed Nike Air Force 1 Luxe

Nike x NOCTA Hot Step Terra: Fresh style to up your sneaker game

The Nike x Nocta Hot Ride Terra is an all-new iteration conceived from the collaboration of Nike and renowned music artist Drake. Testers are stunned at how the multi-awarded rapper created a brand new silhouette instead of, as one tester said, just putting "a minor swab of hues to an already popular model."

Paying homage to the classic Air Maxes, this sneaker features countless details that remind many reviewers of the Air Max Turbulence, Humara, and Air Uptempo

Many buyers admired this sneaker's overall style, which some described as the combined Fila Disruptor and K-Swiss styles. A Youtuber even anticipated that "it has a potential to blow up over time!" 

While its launching had a lukewarm reception from sneaker fans, because of its style that looks like "nurse's shoes" and "cheerleader's footwear," the majority considered this sneaker as one of the most underrated iterations on the market. An expert detailed that the reception to this sneaker is very like the Yeezy 700, "initially they hate it, but now everyone's looking for it."

Covered with topnotch materials

Users admire the nice premium upper of this model that fans described as "feels so luxurious." At first, it may be underwhelming, but the views of several reviewers drastically changed once they got their hands on these sneakers. 

Its leather has no fuse, mesh, and synthetic overlays, which is not usual in an Air Max model. Many testers noted that it has a genuine cut leather and is "not made of thrashy plastic cut," which, according to some, is "what [they] usually get from GR Nikes."

Straightforward, classic look 

"Small yet has standout details," heaps of reviewers appreciate its minimalism and old-school aesthetics. Buyers loved the basketball inspiration of the upper and the rugged midsole and outsole, which a few have reminded of the Nike ACG line. Several users echoed that this sneaker has a style that "might turn into a timeless one."

Unique details

Users are amazed at this kick's unique details after checking it meticulously. It is more interesting than what you would expect, here are some of its noteworthy details, as mentioned by oodles of satisfied wearers:

  • The chrome-finished Nike Swoosh on the toe box and heel add a luxurious vibe.
  • The leather on the side is in a quilted fashion, moving from the back to the front, giving this kick an appealing angular shape.
  • The perforations on the side have reflective details to provide a plush style.
  • Its midsole has cool grooves and lines, making it more enticingly sporty.
  • Its hiking-inspired spiked outsole looks super clean yet rugged.
  • Like the Jordan 13s, its eyelets are hidden to offer a cleaner look.
  • Found on the medial side is a plethora of Nike Swooshes for that remarkable and one-off style.

Comfortable throughout the day

The majority of reviewers mentioned that the overall comfort level of this model is similar to the Nike Air Max 95s. "It has outdated tech but is still comfortable," according to a tester who had no foot problems after wearing this sneaker for a longer period. While "it feels clunky at first," its cushioning "feels amazing for hours!"

Many also testified that they felt cozy with its well-padded cushioning that gave them a soft ride and a decent amount of arch support. Also, users mentioned that the yellow pillars of the Air Unit added a tidy subtle accent and provided them with step-in comfort. 

It keeps its wearers visible, even during low lights

Buyers loved its reflective details that add a unique look and enhance its users' safety, especially in dark areas of the street. When light hits, the 3M details found from the heel to the lateral side provide visibility, just like most reflective kicks on the market. These features are not just fashionable but also a functional addition to this sneaker.

Grippy NOCTA x Nike Hot Step Air Terra

Countless people testified that this sneaker's 1999 Nike Air Terra Humarra ACG-inspired outsole provides durable and reliable traction on a wide array of surfaces. A couple of users also loved its yellow and white outsole design as it "adds a nice pop of color every time I lift my foot."

Released in limited quantities

Because of the insane demand for this sneaker, many online buyers are disappointed that they're having a hard time copping a pair.

Not wide foot-friendly sneaker

While it fits true to size, some experts mentioned their disappointment at this kick's width. "It's pretty snug around the midfoot," and "my feet are constricted," are some of the comments found online. Some even suggested that wide-footers should get a half size up if they don't like the "one-to-one sock-like feel" in their sneakers. 

Insufficient ventilation

While it has perforations, users did not recommend wearing this during the hot summer months. Users blamed the thick padding, "my feet got very hot in these!" A sneaker enthusiast wittily pondered, "maybe that is why they call it Hot Step?"

Facts / Specs

Style: Chunky, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Hiking
Collaboration: Drake
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Zoom Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, EVA, Rubber Sole

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