In 2017, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo isn’t a basketball shoe — it’s an announcement shoe. A sizzling vendor in OG, GR and Supreme kind: the mannequin has made waves lately regardless of debuting over 20 years in the past and releasing in retro style on quite a few events to extra diverse success.

So, why is the pronounced Pippen pop-culture phenomenon so sizzling proper now? We’re truthfully unsure, however we are able to inform you the way it bought right here. From its hardwood beginning to approaching iterations, get a whole historical past of the Nike Air Extra Uptempo.



Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White

Launch Date: 1996

A success on the hardwood and in Hollywood, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo was made well-known on court docket by Scottie Pippen whereas additionally seeing popular culture endorsement from Brendan Frasier in George of the Jungle.

The daring research in branding was a case of good timing as Air cushioning was starting to see full-length characteristic and Pip was making historical past with the 72-10 Chicago Bulls. From a development standpoint, the shoe was merched with Nike’s black and white basketball socks which proved successful even after the Fab 5 in an period the place individuals nonetheless needed to decorate like hoopers regardless in the event that they performed ball or not.


Launch Date: Summer season 1996

The OG Dream Crew was and nonetheless is that squad. By 1996 although, the official follow-up was enjoying host within the States and all the large manufacturers have been able to money in on their star expertise. With Mike enjoying extra golf than roundball in the summertime of ’96, Scottie Pippen led Nike’s Olympic onslaught with reference to pricepoint with the tech toting “USA” model of the Nike Air Extra Uptempo enjoying gold to silver and bronze choices comparatively for his or her Flight camp compadres.


Nike Air Extra Uptempo White/White-Navy
Aaliyah within the OG “White” Nike Air Extra Uptempo

Launch Date: Summer season 1996

In rotation for Charles Barkley through the ’96 Summer season Olympics the place he would lead the US in scoring (once more), the White/White-Navy doesn’t have the identical Americana enchantment because it’s blue-based iteration Chuck additionally wore however is certainly the extra uncommon pair.

Laced by Child Woman in MTV’s Rock N Jock b-ball recreation, this OG continues to be but to obtain the retro remedy and is by most measures essentially the most delicate pair to launch.

Black/White-Chile Purple

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Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White-Chile Purple

Launch Date: October 1996

Final however not least, the Black/White-Chile-Purple pair performed to Pippen’s workforce tones however didn’t get put on from its unofficial endorser to start out the ’96-’97 season with “Taxi” 12s and Air Ups stealing the highlight.

Just like the earlier pair, these are but to retro all although it’s secure to say they’d be a mover 21 years later.


“Hoop Pack”

Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Hoop Pack” (picture through Flight Membership)

Launch Date: 2005

Solely launched abroad, the Nike Basketball “Hoop” Pack was a mixture of energetic new signatures and remixed previous ones. Whereas few takes have aged nicely, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo from stated assortment was the very best then and nonetheless the very best now. Riffing off Scottie’s Chicago shades, a daring pink higher, black patent branding and white corduroy lining made these an announcement shoe that have been exhausting to search out.


Black/White Leather-based

Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White Leather-based

Launch Date: Spring 2006

Botched basic in ’06 to retro rarity in ’17? It relies upon who you ask. When the Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White re-released for its 10th Anniversary in 2006, individuals have been extremely pumped to have the icon again on cabinets and on toes however have been fairly damage in regards to the lack of nubuck and adjustment of leather-based. Lack of consideration to element? Okey doke for more cash and extra drops? We are able to’t fairly name it.

Sarcastically, the up to date OG had no bother promoting and the fabric makeover made for a fairly powerful and sturdy shoe. Additionally accented by 3M piping across the A-I-R, a distinction from the OG, these scratched the itch after a ten yr wait.


Nike Air Extra Uptempo White/3M (picture through NikeTalk)

Launch Date: Spring/Summer season 2006

Exhausting to imagine in 2017, however the Nike Air Extra Uptempo White/3M was extra of a mover at shops than at boutiques. Extra of a mall shoe however stable for certain, this new tackle the previous favourite was forward of its time as a retro and off-trend in coloration blocking as Crayola combos have been favored over summer season subtleties even on such a maximal mannequin.


Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/Anthracite (picture by @dy.gentle)

Launch Date: 2006

Such a sleeper we initially left it off the record (shout out @dy.gentle!), the Black/Anthracite Uptempos from ’06 packed the identical leather-based higher and 3M accenting as its counterparts with suede branding providing cool distinction.


Darkish Obsidian

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Launch Date: October 2010

Cuse in colorway, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Darkish Obsidian” introduced again suede styling in a brand new palette that was nonetheless true to hoops. These have been extra accessible at mall titans like End Line than boutiques and have been finally discounted — not that that’s a foul factor. This palette performs higher to workforce gear and jerseys than trendy tendencies however might positively be welcomed again.


Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Olympic” HOH Unique (photographs by Nick DePaula for SC)

Launch Date: Fall/Winter 2010

Again for the primary time like Ludacris, the ATL-born “Olympic” Uptempos returned after a 14-year wait in 2010. The one catch? They have been exhausting to get as solely Home of Hoops areas scored this patriotic pair.


Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White (2010)

Launch Date: December 1, 2010

Too quickly? Not a lot. Whereas many have been excited to see the OG Black/White Nike Air Extra Uptempo return in 2010 in its beginning materials, most have been extra excited to see the “Cool Gray” 11s come again that very same vacation season. Due to their December drop, they weren’t completely slept on however have been considerably missed due to the pandemonium surrounding the year-end 11.



Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Olympic” (picture through Flight Membership)

Launch Date: July 07, 2012

Coinciding with one other Summer season Olympic run, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo returned in Pippen’s patriotic palette simply after the Fourth of July. A success by most measures however nonetheless a bit of between development cycles, these have been tailored extra by sport-inspired sneakerheads than these on the runway wave Rocky and others have been paving at stated time.


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Launch Date: July 15, 2012

A licensed sleeper, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/Volt borrowed the styling of the shoe’s unofficial follow-up — the Nike Air Complete Max Uptempo — this retro+ rendition additionally made essentially the most of Nike’s most trending tone in volt. Not successful, not a miss, these would transfer models and break necks in 2017.


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Launch Date: Unreleased Pattern in 2012

OG vibes? Unlikely, however this alternate tackle the Olympic theme introduced patent leather-based to the Extra Uptempo and a poppy tackle the sporty model. Exhausting to say these would’ve been successful, however positively a fly put on for anybody who finds a pair.

Nightfall to Daybreak

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Launch Date: September 22, 2012

Making no official reference to the Antonio Banderas vampire thriller, the “Nightfall to Daybreak” drop took inspiration from hoopers seeking to hit the courts from dawn til dusk. The gradient fading higher and non-traditional colorblocking was new to the mannequin, with some splatter print additionally coming into the equation.



Nike Air More Uptempo OG On-Foot Look
Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White

Launch Date: March/April 2016

Celebrating 20 years of dopeness, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/White was considerably of a quickstrike — bringing the chase again to Nike Sportswear and making the Pippen basic a recent hit. These have been comparatively exhausting to get this time round and nonetheless flip heads.

Warmth Map

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Launch Date: March 26, 2016

A children colorway, the very playful Extra Uptempo remained youthful within the “Warmth Map” Pack. Solely dropping in GS, graphic lettering was the spotlight with small sizes which means much less seen bubbles.

White/Varsity Purple

Nike Air More Uptempo White Varsity Red
Nike Air Extra Uptempo White/Varsity Purple

Launch Date: April 23, 2016

When you thought these have been an OG colorway you’d be fallacious however we completely perceive. An ideal match for the ’96 Bulls residence white unis, this White/Purple rendition was an apparent nod to nostalgia although new as of 2017.


Nike Air More Uptempo Olympic
Nike Air Extra Uptempo Olympic

Launch Date: July 20, 2016

Again once more, the “Olympic” Uptempos dropped on development and on time because the shoe celebrated its sizzling streak fittingly in its 20th anniversary and on an Olympic yr. It was a sizzling summer season for these for certain.


Nike Air More Uptempo White/Gum
Nike Air Extra Uptempo White/Gum

Launch Date: September 3, 2016

A gum sole on the Air Extra Uptempo, appears apparent nevertheless it took 20 years. Clear, elegant and simpler to ‘gown up’ than any earlier pair, these have been a trendy foil to the extremely sporty “Olympic” revamp.


Black/Pink Blast

Nike Air More Uptempo GS Black/Pink Blast
Nike Air Extra Uptempo GS Black/Pink Blast

Launch Date: April 1, 2017

Yeezy vibes, Kim Ok sizing, the Black/Pink Blast Uptempos might have reminded a number of the “Blink” Kanye signature of years previous. Regardless, these solely dropped in GS availability although massive footed followers most likely would’ve been on board.

’96 Bulls

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Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Bulls”

Launch Date: April 7, 2017

Kind of a revamp to the Home of Hoops “Hoop Pack,” this GR revamp of the previous unique ditched the corduroy lining however maintained the Chicago impressed colorway full with patent leather-based letters. Day 1 followers will inform you its what’s on the within that counts, however these nonetheless show a stable ringer.


Nike Air More Uptempo Black/Reflective
Nike Air Extra Uptempo Black/Reflective

Launch Date: April 14, 2017

Quiet confidence, the Black/3M tackle the Extra Uptempo was a stylish play and a simple winter put on. Whereas the cumbersome basketball shoe is the antithesis of the trendy runners that set tendencies, this topical colorway performed nicely on the previous favourite.


Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo
Supreme x Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Gold”
Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo
Supreme x Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Purple”
Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo
Supreme x Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Black”

Launch Date: April 27, 2017

Dubbed the “Suptempo” and residing as much as its tall title, the streetwear steeze kings who know a factor or two about Nike and ’90s nostalgia made the a lot of the massive branding by shifting the spelling. The consequence? A layup. Daring and brash just like the OG and dropping in colorways simply as fashionable and loud, these may not age just like the ’96 take however they’ll positively flip heads for years to return.


Nike Air More Uptempo White/Black-Red
Nike Air Extra Uptempo White/Black-Purple

Launch Date: April 29, 2017

Simply executed however nonetheless good, this Pippen pair performed on the OG endorser by providing an alternate Bulls colorway that seems extra OG than off-brand. The most effective half? Pip’s tremendous slept on emblem gracing the again. Niiiice.

“Night time Maroon”

Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Night time Maroon”

Launch Date: Might 2017

A NikeLab look however a GR drop, the “Night time Maroon” Uptempos introduced burgundy styling to the brash basketball shoe for its most way of life look but. Maybe essentially the most mature make-up ever made on this shoe, essentially the most distinctive characteristic comes within the painted coating on the usually seen Air cushioning.

“Triple White”

Nike Air More Uptempo Triple White
Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Triple White”

Launch Date: Might 26, 2017

Trending in nearly each approach doable, the Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Triple White” is a GR in distribution with an opportunity to be a giant hit. Not an OG colorway however very near earlier releases, these depend on 3M lace markings as the one distinction.


Nike Air More Uptempo Obsidian/Gum
Nike Air Extra Uptempo Obsidian/Gum

Launch Date: June 29, 2017

Way of life leaning however not completely faraway from sport, the Obsidian/Gum make-up of the Air Extra Uptempo brings leather-based branding again to a darkish base for daring implementation whereas including a gum outer for further steeze.


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Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Knicks”

Launch Date: ??/??/2017

Taking a web page out of the Jordan Guidelines, NSW paid tribute to a well-known foe with this “Knicks” pair. Providing a not so delicate nod to Patrick Ewing who shares numbers and posters with Pip, these might sting a bit of bit for Manhattan hoops followers however they’d nonetheless go exhausting with a Starks jersey.


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Nike Air Extra Uptempo “Flax”

Launch Date: ??/??/2017

Rumored to launch this fall, the “Flax” Uptempos could show greatest in present of 2017. The cumbersome silo takes nicely to the hearty colorway, making these a greater boot different come cooler local weather.