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Nike Uptempo: the all-round performance shoe

Whilst guards and forwards already had their own shoes specially tailored to their needs in the form of the Nike Flight and Force, other positions were still left empty-handed. But even universal players wanted a shoe that gave them more than agility or strength. And that’s when the Nike Uptempo appeared on the scene – or the court. Inspired by Eric Avar’s Air Max Penny 1, the Uptempo became a true all-rounder: it was and still is super-comfortable, provides maximum stability, has top-class shock absorption, and is both dynamic and powerful while remaining agile and light.
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Nike Uptempo

The models in the Nike Uptempo line are part of a whole series of innovative basketball trainers that Nike launched in the 1990s. They conquered the basketball court hands down and made ballers’ hearts skip a beat. After the very first Uptempo proved to be so popular with its continuous Air element, Nike brought out new models around once a year. Here they are at a glance:

1995: Nike Air Uptempo
The first model in the product line. Now also known as the Air Max Uptempo 94.

1995: Nike Air Max2 Uptempo
The first shoe with Air Max2 technology: the two-compartment system allowed for varying levels of air pressure.

1996: Nike Air More Uptempo
Known for its ‘in-your-face’ AIR logo and as the favourite shoe of Scottie Pippen.

1997: Nike Air Max Uptempo 3
With a redesigned Air element, the Nike Air Max Uptempo 3 had the best shock absorption in a Nike basketball shoe up until that point. Today it is known as the Uptempo 97.

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Uptempo retro releases – the success lives on

Among younger generations, the Nike Uptempo is primarily familiar due to the many retro models that the sporting goods manufacturer has been bringing out for some time, continuing the line’s former success. Incidentally, the models from the nineties as well as the retro versions have a particularly close association with former NBA pro and member of the 1992 Dream Team, Scottie Pippen. Nike released his Air More Uptempo signature shoe from 1996 as a retro version for the first time in 2016, instantly bringing in a large fan community. The next Scottie Pippen retro version of the Nike Uptempo is coming in summer 2017 – this time in an all-white colourway. Without doubt, this model is an absolute must-have for trainer and basketball fans and is ideal for a fresh summer style!