Nike Air Presto

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Nike Air Presto Review Facts

In regard to running shoes, the Nike Air Presto is one of the lightest ones out there. The shoe features a sleek design with very little in the way of upper layering besides the plastic covering for the forefoot of the shoe. The Nike Air Presto features a sole unit fashioned from a single layer of EVA foam, which allows the shoe to provide a substantial amount of comfort to the wearer. Aside from the midsole of the shoe, the Air presto features a plastic counter on the heel of the shoe, providing a decent level of support to the wearer.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Decent level of support
  • Very comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • East to remove
  • Flexible
Cons
  • Not the most durable shoe
  • Price doesn’t justify the longevity
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Air Presto is designed from a thin layer of hardened rubber. The thin cut of the plastic does very little to add weight to the design of the shoe; this also gives the shoe a decent level of traction gaining capabilities. If the thin cut of the outsole is disregarded for a moment, it is also given several flex grooves which allow the shoe to give the wearer a rather high range of motion while in use. The sole unit of the shoe also features several circular bead-like protrusions which also aid the shoe in gaining a decent level of traction on the more developed terrains.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Air Presto is cut from a single layer of EVA foam. The EVA foam in the midsole of the shoe features the classic Nike swoosh in a rather contrasting color which aids in the aesthetic of the overall shoe. The foam make of the midsole boosts the comfort provided to the wearer of the shoe as well, mainly because of the nature of the material itself. The single layer cut of the midsole does have a downside though; while the foam itself is rather comfortable, the material itself just cracks under pressure. It has a habit of creasing terribly with time, resulting in a drawdown in the aesthetics of the shoe.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Air Presto is designed to provide maximum comfort to the wearer’s feet. The shoe has a seamless design, which takes away from the discomfort felt by the wearer’s feet in shoes with seams. The upper of the shoe is designed from a cushioned mesh material, which, from the sound of it, also do a decent amount to comfort the wearer. The shoe features a plastic cage covering the forefoot of the wearer’s foot and, toe and heel guards for both stability and comfort.
Weight

Weight

The minimal use of layering on the Nike Air Presto means that the shoe has an upper that is mostly crafted from mesh; mesh being an extremely porous material adds very little in the way of to the shoe. The shoe does have a few plastic coverings on the upper, but they do very little to add any weight to the shoe either. The sole unit is crafted from single layers of materials such as the foam and the hardened rubber throughout; not to mention that the outsole of the shoe itself features flex grooves which take even more away from the material used in the shoe.
Breathability

Breathability

The mesh upper of the Air Presto allows it to attain an extremely high level of airflow during use. The mesh material itself is known for being a porous material, a quality that allows it to heighten the amount of air flowing in and out of the show while the shoe is in use for more strenuous activities. Despite the use of coverings on the upper of the shoe, Nike has still designed a shoe that greatly reduces the sweat levels accumulating on the inside of the shoe. This results in a higher level of comfort for the wearer and reduced smells coming from the shoe, which benefits people around them.
Comfort

Comfort

One of the things that several people have said about the Air Presto is that it is one of the most comfortable shoes that they have ever worn. This is because of the shoe’s use of plush, lightweight material in the design. The shoe has a minimalist upper designed from cushioned mesh. The mesh in the upper of the shoe allows the shoe to conform to the shape of the wearer’s feet rather easily. While the upper is still on topic, the plastic guards placed on either side of the shoe do very little to restrict the wearer’s movements; they give the shoe a decent level of support. The sole unit of the shoe is designed from layers of both hardened rubber and EVA foam. While the hardened rubber doesn’t do much for comfort, the EVA foam gives the wearer a plush surface to land on during use.
Style

Style

The Air Presto has a design that makes it the epitome of the lifestyle shoe class. The shoe features a minimalist upper which make the style given by the shoe appear to be almost effortless. The mesh make, coupled with the plastic cage on either side of the forefoot, also give the shoe a somewhat unique look. Nike gave the Air Presto a slim cut, which allowed the shoe to appear relatively sleek and fashionable while on foot. Also, Nike has designed the shoe in a plethora of stylish color combinations which boost the shoes overall aesthetic appeal.
Durability

Durability

One of the areas that the Air Presto seems to fail in is longevity. While the shoe is extremely stylish, the material used in the design of the shoe isn’t very durable. The shoe features a mesh upper that, while it does make the shoe comfortable, wears down relatively easily. The sole unit is probably where the biggest issue in terms of durability lies. The foam in the sole unit of the shoe creases relatively easily with extended use and seems to lose it’s bounce after a few extended uses as well. The outsole of the shoe has been fashioned out of hardened rubber which also wears down after a few months of use. That isn’t to say that the sole is no longer usable, rather that it loses some of its grip after a few uses.
Protection

Protection

Nike did their best to equip the Air Presto with protective features. The cage on the side of the shoe covers the forefoot area of the wearer’s foot and adds a decent level of stopping power to the shoes rather flimsy upper; the upper being made of pure mesh wouldn’t be very protective by itself. The heel of the shoe is also equipped with a guard that protects that portion of the shoe. The sole unit of the shoe, being relatively thick, also adds to the shoes stopping power and overall protective capabilities.
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The sole unit of the Air Presto does it’s best to respond to the wearer’s movements with relative ease. The outsole of the shoe is designed from a hardened rubber material that is also equipped with protrusions which boosts the grip of the material. This, coupled with the shoes overall lightweight design allows the wearer to make quick, sharp movements while the shoe is being worn. On top of this, the midsole of the shoe is rather plush and adjusts to the weight of the wearer rather quickly while this does add to the creasing of the material, it gives the wearer a bounce in his/her step while in use.
Support

Support

The cushioning effect of the sole unit of the Air Presto allows for a decent level of support to be provided to the wearer of the shoe. The EVA material in the sole unit, coupled with the Nike cushioning system allows the shoe to support the natural curves of the wearer’s feet; there is also a surplus of cushioning in the heel of the shoe, giving it a decent level of heel support as well. The cage of the shoe’s upper allows the shoe to provide the wearer with a decent level of support for both the sides and the upper portion of the wearer’s feet as well.
Terrain

Terrain

The Air Presto has a somewhat lightweight design which prevents it from being worn on the more rigorous terrains While the shoes upper does feature a decent amount of materials which allow the shoe to be rather flexible, the downright lack of strength in the materials themselves keep them from being used on trails and the like; the shoe does have the protective cage, but it wouldn’t do very much to protect the wearer’s feet in terrains such as those. The sole of the shoe is also on the weaker side meaning that it wouldn’t hold up very well on trail surfaces; the outsole of the shoe would wear down very quickly if used on a surface such a trail. This means that the wearer of the shoe should stick to using the shoe in the more developed landscapes such as roads and indoor areas.
Price

Price

The Air Presto would be considered anything except for expensive. The price of the shoe is rather midrange, meaning that purchasing the shoe would have a very small effect on the size of the wearer’s pockets. The materials used in the shoe are of a decent quality, which means that they are in line with the price of the shoe somewhat. Considering that the shoe doesn’t last for very long, they could probably be a bit cheaper, but this is somewhat taken away by the shoe's stylishness.
Traction

Traction

The outsole of the shoe is designed to give the wearer a decent level of grip on the more developed surfaces. The outsole of the shoe is fashioned from a single layer of hardened rubber which by itself would give the wearer a sustainable level of traction to be used. The traction provided by the shoe is only enhanced by the lightweight effect of the materials used in the design. The material was also equipped with a patterning featuring protruding globules which greatly enhance the shoe’s traction gaining capabilities. Overall, when the shoe is used on its intended surface, it does work and handle very well.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Both the upper and the sole unit of the Air Presto allow for a high level of flexibility to be achieved during use. The sole unit of the shoe has been designed from a thin cut of hardened rubber which plays a part in the functionality provided to the wearer of the shoe. On top of this, the sole unit of the shoe features flex grooves which, when coupled with the flexibility provided by the upper of the shoe widens the shoe’s range of motion greatly. The upper of the shoe is designed from a mesh material that allows the shoe to bend relatively easily while in use; the upper’s use of the cage somewhat hinders this, but barely.
Stability

Stability

The shoe features a cage which enables the upper of the Air Presto to have a bit of structure. The mesh of the upper by itself would do very little to provide the wearer with a sense of security in their uses; this is why the cage and the few other coverings on the upper of the shoe were so important in their inclusion. The sole unit of the shoe is relatively stable but, due to its malleability and willingness to bend, doesn’t function as well as the upper of the shoe.
Drop

Drop

Although the drop on the Air Presto hasn’t been given a specific measurement, it doesn’t seem to be too large. Although the Air Presto has a decent amount of cushioning in the heel area of the shoe, it doesn’t affect the overall ride of the shoe whatsoever.
Key Features

Key Features

• Nike Cushioning in midsole
• EVA midsole
• Mesh upper
Verdict

Verdict

Overall, the Air Presto is an amazing shoe that could just use a few minor adjustments. It’s incredibly lightweight and has a flexible upper that allows for a high range of motion. The cut of the sole unit allows the shoe to function at an extremely high level while in use. It is also extremely comfortable and provides a decent amount of support for the heel and arches of the wearer’s feet.