Nike Air Moc Ultra
Fresh from giving their Lavadome the Ultra makeover, Nike have once again updated an outdoor classic with the latest itineration of the Air Moc. Say hello to the Nike Air Moc Ultra.
Having debuted in 1994, the Air Moc is somewhat of a Nike rarity – an outdoor silhouette without many features at all. In fact, you wouldn’t be far off calling the Air Moc Nike’s most minimalist design ever with a one piece upper that’s in stark contrast to its relatives.
Having been originally designed by Toren Orzeck – a man also also responsible for the Air Footscape and Foamposite – the Air Moc was designed to be worn by extreme athletes before and after their activity. The idea is it’s practical enough to slip on and off, but supportive and comfortable enough to get you to your destination on foot.
Interestingly enough, the Moc was initially called the Ida due to the perforations which featured on the original upper – a reference to forks marks in a potato and Ore-Ida, a potato product company in the States. This had to be changed, however, due to legal complications and it was soon changed to the Moc.
The latest 2016 Air Moc continues much in the same vein as its predecessors with an extremely simplistic in design with only three main components to the whole shoe; a buffed suede leather upper (minus the perforations), a rear tonal panel with embroidered branding, and a adjustable toggle used to ensure a perfect fit.
Then we get to the Ultra midsole. Much lighter than its first form, the original patterned unit has also been fitted with Natural Motion grooves to improve flexibility and movement.
Featured as part of Nike’s ACG range, the Nike Air Moc Ultra is available now in Taupe and Black in selected retailers and websites such as Size? for around the £80 mark.