Nike has revived Scottie Pippen‘s famous Air More Uptempo in a familiar “White/Black” colorway. One of Nike Basketball‘s most striking creations in the ’90s, the Air More Uptempo first released in 1996 and was on Pippen’s feet during a crucial period of the Chicago Bulls‘ second three-peat. The “White/Black” last released in 2018 — a relatively short hiatus — but with interest around the ’90s Bulls having crested again due to The Last Dance, Nike Sportswear‘s decision to bring it out of the archives once again is an undeniably sound one.
Of course, the Air More Uptempo’s signature piece is the large “AIR” motif spread across both lateral and medial sides. Here, it’s played up even further by the high-contrast mix of a white leather base and bold black nubuck letters. Black elastic straps run across the white tongue, and black lines run down from the letters onto the midsole, ensuring the striped look encompasses the entire shoe.
A multitude of Swooshes are scattered across the silhouette as well: black with red trim on the forefoot, all red on the tongue and midsole and a clear jelly Swoosh on the heel. Pippen’s signature double P logo sits directly above the jelly Swoosh, and a full-length red Air Max cushioning unit nestled into the black and white midsole rounds off the look.
The Nike Air More Uptempo “White/Black” will release at Eastern stockists like Nike SNKRS Japan on June 23, and is priced at $160 USD. A stateside release will likely follow later this summer.