Now more than a decade later, it seems as though the hard work, industry shifting designs and legacies of the past are seemingly being undone with the release of each and every pieced-together hybrid "tribute" shoe. The Nike Air Max A Lot
basketball shoe, a meld of the Air More Uptempo and Air Pippen II, is hardly what anyone would label a modern icon. The upper features the bold A-I-R lettering that was impossible to miss in 1996, sure, but without the attribute that made the Air More Uptempo such a great shoe its complementary aligned full-length Max Air unit. The jeweled TPU bar from the Air Pippen II is dropped into the midsole instead, with a heel Air unit and re-appropriated font up the spine of the shoe. The Nike Air Max A Lot basketball shoe pays homage to the Scottie Pippen era by fusing characteristics of the Air Pippen II and Air More Uptempo into one basketball shoe. Full-grain and synthetic leather upper with traditional tongue construction. Medial and lateral gore strap offers optimal fit. Full-length, injected Phylon midsole with exposed visible Air unit in the heel. Outsole patterns inspired by some of Nike's most influential flight shoes.