The shoes offer a loud rainbow aesthetic inspired by the show's colorful logo with overlapping polka dots on the toebox, and paint splatter adorning the tongue and elastic bands on the lacing system. The ubiquitous "AIR" branding is done up in green with pink borders, while an aqua blue serves as the upper's base color and a white midsole rounds off the colorful look.



Nike's 1996 basketball retro is back once again in one of its brightest colorways to date. Dubbed the "Hot Punch" version, this women's exclusive selection ushers in black on its leather upper, but then elects to add Hot Punch, Volt, and an equally loud orange instep to elements of the sneaker. Featured on pieces the likes of its "AIR" and Nike branding, as well as the Air More Uptempo‘s instep, this pair would be a welcomed addition to any female sneakerhead's collection.

The followed one of the most popular releases of ’95 with the original Uptempo. (You can read more of that model via our Flashback to ’95 installment). The Uptempo 2 benefited from a truly unique 180 degree Air Max unit on the heel for extra support and even included a graphic pattern inside for a twist. The upper includes lifestyle touches of suede to contrast the sports mesh throughout while an off-white Sail midsole/outsole unit adds a distinct yet clean finish.

Nike has big plans for this coming Holiday 2016 season including the surprise retro of the for their “12 Soles” Christmas campaign. If the tonal olive colorway that unifies the upcoming release slate isn’t for you, then this premium Black/White offering would be a nice alternative. The Air Max Uptempo 2 has long been a favorite of those nostalgic for some 90s basketball as the high-top even featured added graphic patterns on the 180 degree Air Max unit. Here the unique midsole is toned down thanks to a matching white on white shade while premium suede accents compliment the sports mesh in a matching black shade.

It returned to global retailers back in 2017 and again exclusively for kids, but you can count on them being available once again in the middle of the month. Although these were not around in 1996, the timing of this release almost coincides with the one year anniversary of the premiere of ESPN’s The Last Dance.