I’ve had the OFF-WHITE Nike Presto for well over 2 years now and I’ve beaten it up over the last few months. It’s been my go-to travel sneaker, clocking in thousands of steps exploring Tokyo and Osaka. It’s also my weekly office Friday sneaker and I just change up the look by re-lacing it. After all the hype and more than a hundred thousand steps in this pair, here’s an updated 2-years after review of Virgil Abloh’s masterpiece with Nike.
PROS: It Ages Very Well
Let’s start with the good things about the shoe after 2 years of abuse. The most important thing I want to highlight is that it ages well, especially if you compare it to the rest of the Nike OFF WHITE The 10 collaboration. The black upper hides dirt extremely well, the different aesthetic attachments don’t fall off, and the midsole didn’t bottom out despite the wear. This is actually one of the reasons why I love this shoe a lot — it is the most practical buy in the OFF WHITE Nike The 10 collaboration.
To illustrate this better, take for example the various OFF WHITE Nike shoes in the Ghosting pack of Virgil Abloh. The Air Force 1 and the Air Max 90 yellowed fast over time. The exposed foam also had the tendency to become some sort of color blue or green. At one point it stopped looking hype and they just looked like old, ugly, worn out shoes. You can’t say the same for the Presto.
With that said I’d recommend you stick to either the OG presto or the all black colorways for this collaboration. The white version also has the same issues as the two sneakers I just mentioned. They just don’t age well.
CONS: It’s Not Perfect
Now let’s get to the issues you will most likely encounter with the OFF WHITE Nike Presto. First, it is noisy AF if you use them in marble pavements. The outsole is not covered with rubber so the foam as a tendency of making an annoying loud sound. It’s not as bad as the Vapormax but it is still annoying AF. Secondly, the letters on the shoelaces, just like with other OFF WHITE x Nike collaborations, tend to fade over time. To avoid this make sure you keep them unlaced when unused or when you lace them up you keep it loose. Lastly, the Nike reg logo tag bleeds into the white cloth background. You can’t avoid it.
Taking everything into consideration, the OFF White Nike Presto, for me, is still the best OFF WHITE collaboration out there. It’s a pair that you want to wear and not just display. It’s a pair that ages well. It’s a pair that has amazing heritage and history. And it looks insanely good. If you can cop one at a good price, I recommend you do so 110%. If you get tired of it, you can get part of your money back because I’m sure a lot of people will buy it despite the abuse you give the shoe. It’s that good. 🙂