For the retro basketball enthusiasts looking to add something fresh to their collections, Nike has you covered. The athletic brand has a pair of basketball classics scheduled for release stateside — with a third arriving abroad — executed in a simple black and white color palette.
The Nike Air Max Uptempo and the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 from the brand’s “Black Pack” arrive Tuesday in the U.S. via SNKRS with retail prices of $150 and $160, respectively. Also spotted on the websites of several European retailers — as well as the European SNKRS feed — is the Nike Air Max2 Uptempo from the “Black Pack,” which will retail for €140 ($150.88 at today’s conversion rate.)
All three looks from the collection boast top-notch materials to offer a premium look, and feature black uppers paired with a white midsole and outsole.
The Air Max Uptempo — which debuted in 1995 — was the first basketball model from the brand to feature a full-length visible Air unit. Two years later, Nike delivered the Air Max Uptempo 97, which featured the most Air cushioning for a basketball shoe at the time of its release. And the Air Max2 Uptempo, according to Nike, was one of the first basketball models to use the brand’s Air Max2 technology, which allows for varying levels of air pressure in each Air unit.