Every time I hear the word “uptempo” , I get goose bumps; it takes me back to my childhood , the early 90’s, the golden era. I remember coveting my friend’s Air More Uptempo so much and was very upset because I couldn’t afford them. I grew up in Togo, and shoes like this were very rare. The only way you could get them was via the “used sneaker market channels”; most merchants only had maybe one pair in stock, so once it was gone that was it. Two new colorways of the Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 will see the light in the first week of December.
The first one to emerge is the black & white edition; dressed in an all black upper with a white bottom, the shoe features a mixture of premium suede and mesh on the upper part. The toe box, side panels and the eyestay are all manufactured in suede, while the tongue, its extension and parts of the heel are covered in mesh. A glossy Nike swoosh embellishes the side panels in black.
I had a hard time choosing between the black & white edition and its olive counterpart. What I notice is that the olive colorway brings out the sentiment of “freshness” in a special way- the tonal/olive shade is more captivating and emphasizes the premium material a little better than the black & white model. The olive also features a combo of mesh and premium suede on the upper part. Branding comes in a slick Nike swoosh logo now dressed in olive green. Both shoes will be equipped with the customary full length air units for maximum cushioning.
I’m definitely planning on picking up each of the shoes ; but I will wait till they hit the sales rack first. They are great for basketball as well ( good ankle support, well padded inner liner, breathable mesh). They weigh a little less than the ” Air More Uptempo” and can also be used for every day wear. See release details below for additional info.
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 Black & White
Black/White, December 6th, $160
Air Max Uptempo 2 “olive”
Urban Haze/Urban Haze-Sail, December 20th, $160
Check out the Side By side images below and let me know which colorway you like the best.