words & images // Nick DePaula:
Earlier today, we got our first look at Nike Sportswear’s upcoming Get Money silhouette, a re-imagined take on the original Air Money from the 1997 NBA season, now set atop the brand’s iconic visible full-length Air More Uptempo tooling.
Originally led by some of the league’s elite shooting guards, including Reggie Miller, Ray Allen and Eddie Jones, the Air Money was a concept oddity of sorts, an offshoot of the hugely popular Air More and Air Much models from Nike Basketball’s then-killer Uptempo line.
With an untraditional shrouded flap that made for a speed ghilley lacing setup alongside the foot, the look was surely unfamiliar, yet representative of how much quirkiness and character lived on in Nike Basketball products at the time — even a $90 takedown model.
Styled in clean white and navy, similar to the version available at retail, the shoe features his since-retired Pacers #31 along the heel, and the bold ‘NIKE AIR’ stitching across the shroud that made the Air Money a standout two decades ago.
Check out Reggie Miller’s exact size 13.5 pair below in detail, photographed at the Nike Archives in Beaverton, Oregon.