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 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”)
Black Diamond Climbing Shoes,Black Diamond has published a new pair of climbing shoes that will be accessible 2018. The Dark Diamond team worked with Nike, also Butora to design their new climbing shoes which spanned broad disciplines of shoe technology. The Black Diamond climbing shoes all sporting a Nike Climbing Shorts style fly-knit top and Butora made NeoFriction rubber.These sneakers are advanced because they introduce the knit upper from athletic shoes into climbing shoes. Up until this stage there have been restricted options for shoe uppers, you had the choice of natural synthetic or leather sheet materials. The knit is able to become tighter and looser to create comfortable stretch zones and breathable regions seamlessly.Another notable feature of Black Diamond climbing shoes are that they have a molded rubber outsole. This means is that the rubber is poured into the form it will be rather than cut from a sheet. This enables the outsole to have different thicknesses so rubber can be concentrated in regions which are most needed.Not sure yet exactly what it’s called, but this asymmetric lace-up is designed to be the new introductory shoe at an $80 price point with 6mm+ outsole rubber to possess long wear life.Black Diamond Momentum,The velcro introductory shoe at the $90 price point, accessible Men, Women, and Kid models. The Momentum features modeled 4.3millimeter NeoFriction rubber outsole, and a cozy fly-knit upper.
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.
Although the shoe is still relatively new on the current market, its revolutionary features designed specifically to take care of extreme training have made it a compelling option for athletes, lifters and CrossFitters.Earlier this season, Nike Climbing Shorts launched the third iteration of this shoe, suitably named the Metcon 3. I had the opportunity to try out the DSX Flyknit version of the shoe, which can be a slightly lighter version compared to standard Metcon 3. The Metcon 3 DSX Flyknit includes many of the same features which have proven popular with all previous editions of the Metcon shoe. A broad toe box allows your feet to spread out, which can help to correct exercise form if you’ve been using improper footwear. The hard, flat and grippy rubber sole, with just a 6mm fall, provides a good platform for explosive and heavy lifts, but it is flexible enough for sprints and other lively exercises.Nike fortified the Metcon 3 with tough rubber across the midfoot to guard the shoe and supply additional grip when you perform rope climbs.
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 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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