2017 has been a banner year of Nike’s retro Air More Uptempo. The sneakers, which were made famous in the mid-’90s by former NBA great Scottie Pippen, have released in more styles than in any year since their 1996 debut, and the momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down for fall/winter.
This season, the performance hoops sneaker-turned-street-style favorite undergoes a “Flax” makeover — better known as “Wheat” to many fans. The tan-tinged look has become a staple of Nike Superfly 4 Boots Sportswear’s fall releases, covering many of the brand’s classic models, but it’s never appeared on the Air More Uptempo until now.
Nike Air More Uptempo Premium “Wheat” (“Flax”)
As these boots were also designed around Nike’s athletic heritage, I did run in each pair. I felt, at least for my own toes, the timeless SFB was slightly more comfortable to operate in. This was primarily because of the subdued tread pattern and better lateral flexibility. They felt like running shoes than eyeglasses, which was nice. That is not to mention the newer version of the boot didn’t work well. They did, particularly when compared to a more conventional, inflexible boot.As mentioned before, the SFB are hot weather boots. Ironically, this test was done in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the winter. The two week evaluation period had temperatures which ranged from the low teens to the low 30s. This allowed for a range of moist, humid, cold and tough conditions for the SFB to work in. The point is, my feet froze in both versions of the boot, but reluctantly so. I am certain that they’ll be welcomed in the warmer summer months, except for winter… not so much.
The premium style features a tonal wheat-colored upper with a nubuck base and smooth leather accents. A white midsole with visible Air cushioning adds contrast, while a gum rubber outsole finishes off the fall-friendly makeup. As always, the shoe’s signature oversized “AIR” branding accents both the lateral and medial panels.
Other noteworthy Air More Uptempo releases this year include Supreme’s spring/summer three-sneaker collaboration, the first-ever women’s-exclusive style and the long-awaited return of a Chicago Bulls-inspired colorway.
The Air More Uptempo Premium “Wheat” is scheduled to arrive in stores on Oct. 14, just in time to start breaking them in for fall. It will be available from select Nike Boots Lupinek Sportswear retailers including Feature.
While you wait, shop current Air More Uptempo styles now from nike.com for $130 to $160.
Nike Air More Uptempo Premium “Wheat” (“Flax”) tongue detail
Nike Air More Uptempo Premium “Wheat” (“Flax”) midsole
Nike Air More Uptempo Premium “Wheat” (“Flax”) upper detail
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