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Nike Presto Woven

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A friend of mine told me the story of how one of Nike’s most popular running shoes, the Presto, was pitched. The creator presented the design in front of the board and they rejected it. He left with a few sample pairs and supposedly one of the members tried it on and loved it. He soon learned that the size was off. He was wearing a shoe a few sizes too large. Another tried on a pair and he said it was a perfect fit. This time, his shoe was technically a few sizes too small. You see, the presto is designed with a stretchable, foot forming “sock” that molds to the runner’s feet for the perfect fit each time.

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A few years ago (2001), Nike experimented with a new design called the Woven. Most people have never seen or heard of a Nike Woven. It literally is a woven material, usually consisting of two colors but the possiblities are limitless. In fact, one of the most popular designs is actually called the Rainbow Woven. You can imagine what that is. The wovens were never heavily marketed and usualy only available in speciality stores. This year, Nike brought the woven back with a bang to coincide with the World Cup.

I managed to pick up a pair of Nike Presto Wovens, a sample pair made in Vietnam in 2001. It’s a very unique shoe that picked up a few compliments at work when I wore it last week. Initially, it’s sort of uncomfortable, a little tight but later, it felt great. Believe it or not, when I went to the restroom, I would find myself sprinting down the halls.

4 Responses to “Nike Presto Woven”


  • I got a pair about four years ago, and have been looking for more of them ever since. These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever had. Size S fits perfectly. Mine are also made in Viet Nam.

    My question is: Where can one get these sneakers now?

  • Livia,

    There are plenty of places you can get them including eBay and InStyleShoes. You can also get them on Crooked Tongues in the UK, though they only had one model and I thnk they are sold out. Also, Nike Outlets if you are lucky. Unfortunately for me, Size S is a little tight.

  • I think Nike’s are going to the retro look now for the more casual crowd. Their athletic line is ugly, but I like the retro looking ones.

  • I tried to look for them on ebay for Presto but it looks like they are all chinese fakes.
    The original ones were all made in Vietnam.
    If anyone comes across Nike Presto Glide Grey in colour do let me know, I assure you your cut 😉

    Cheers

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