Big Air The Nike Air More Uptempo is one of the most memorable basketball sneakers of the 1990s. One look, and you'll know why. Released in 1996, the Air More Uptempo featured the boldest and most unapologetic branding ever on a Nike shoe, and few have rivaled it since. The upper's design incorporates a gigantic “AIR” text to let everybody know what kind of cushioning this shoe provides. Indeed it has plenty of the brand's signature technology to match the bold proclamation on the upper, featuring more Air than any shoe before it by utilizing a series of bubbles from heel to toe. If it's a head-turning look and maximum comfort you want, you've found it with the Air More Uptempo.