words // Zack Schlemmer

As part of their ongoing Inside Access series, Nike Basketball presents an inside look at the evolution of the upper for their performance basketball models throughout the years.

From the suede upper on the Blazer, Nike's first basketball shoe, to the Kobe 8 with Nike's latest innovation of Engineered Mesh, Nike Basketball shoes have seen many materials and technologies since thier beginning in 1972.  Weight, breathability, support, and of course aesthetics are all issues Nike Basketball has worked hard on and innovated throughout the years, resulting in the brand being at the top of the basketball shoe hierarchy.

From simple suede, to mesh on the original Air Force 1, to stripped down and cut-out Huarache technology, Foamposite, Flywire, Hyperfuse and beyond, take a look at some examples of Nike Basketball upper constructions and get the full story at NikeInc.com.