Air More Uptempo
Batman & Robin. Michael & Scottie.
- NikeLab x Supreme
- Black Suede Upper
- Black Textured Leather 'SUPREME' Text
- Uniqe Rope Lacing System
- Rope Lace Tongue & Heel Pull Tabs
- Small Swooshes Present Across Shoe
- Black Midsole with Air Unit
The Air More Uptempo — bold, loud and abrasive. The 'Suptempo' released in 3 colourways (Black, Red & White) with PSG superstar Neymar also seen in a gold variant. The AIR text that is usually housed on the sidewalls of the silhouette is replaced by 'Supreme' in textured black leather. Small white Swooshes appear on the toe vamp, the heel, the tongue and the heel collar. Rope lace is used as the tongue and heel pull tabs. The remaining portion of the upper is black suede, completing the silhouette is a black midsole with a visible Air unit
Silhouette Explored — History
The Air More Uptempo was designed by Wilson Smith and debuted in 1996. An iconic year for basketball silhouettes, as the Chicago Bulls set a then NBA record 72-wins on their way to a championship, Scottie Pippen & Dennis Rodman rocked the Air More Uptempo & the Air Shake NDESTRUKT whilst Michael Jordan was laced in the Jordan XI. The Uptempo series was developed by Nike for the new breed of players in the league, essentially the hybrid guard-forward who was strong enough to work in the post but quick enough to guard and score on the perimeter, no individual outside of MJ epitomised the role more than Scottie Pippen. The shoe would also make an impromptu appearance in Tarzan reboot, George of the Jungle in 1997. The upper of the Air More Uptempo is no doubt the highlight of the silhouette, with 'AIR' embellished in large text across the whole quarter panel of both the medial and lateral side of the shoe. The shoe was often finished in grained leather, with mesh, Durabuck and suede being utilised across the various panels on the shoe. The midsole was made from polyurethane and featured a full-length Air unit in the sole. During, Michael Jordan's retirement, the Uptempo was a highlight in the 1996 Olympics and was also seen on the late Aaliyah during MTV's Rock N' Jock basketball exhibition.