It's all about old school
Looking at the Nike Air More Uptempo 96 "Renowned Rhythm," you can't help but wonder if they looked as good from the bottom. Patrick Ewing might know - that's a joke for you hoopers out there!
Anyway, the Air More Uptempo kind of speaks for itself - literally, considering the giant lateral branding. This show is a marvel from an aesthetic standpoint as it represents the brash style of 90s footwear.
In fact, this mirrored most of basketball at the time as well. You might see today's mix of Curry, Kyrie, KD, etc and think that this era's game is mighty flashy. But, names like MJ, both Hardaways, and Iverson weren't exactly boring you.
The Air More Uptempo was for a different animal, though. Scottie Pippen is a difficult man to design a performance shoe for. He's got elite athleticism and is above average at every facet of the game. He would also guard just about every position, making his sneaker requirements tricky.
Ask the man himself and he'll tell you the Air More Uptempo hit the spot. The use of smooth leather on this Renowned Rhythm iteration is a 90s staple. The thinking was that the often rigid leather would take some time adjusting to your feet and movements - or softening - hence adding to wear time. It was, essentially, like a baseball glove.
The functional features didn't stop there. A dense foam midsole sits on top of full-length Air coverage. This is a heavy shoe, coming in at around 17 ounces. In light of that, it's probably not the most ideal sneaker for the modern game. But, you're not really buying these for the on-court appeal.
This colourway presents the great use of leather and colours. The Red piping around the AIR script really pops out at you on this crisp White base. Thanks to a thick section of leather across this lateral panel, the print comes across as almost 3-D.
It's one of the best ways to kick off that Summer rotation of yours. The combination of White and Red is a classic in and of itself, but it's the small details that bring it all together. Things like a jewel swoosh on the heel and a lacing vamp that has a slight Blue tint officially make this a Summer drop.
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