The Nike M2K Tekno, a re-build of the brand’s best-selling Air Monarch IV, is designed to appease fashionista that need a Nike dad shoe. However, it will cost nearly twice as much as the Monarch.
And this is what happens when dad shoes become trendy.
The original Nike Air Monarch, designed by former Jordan Brand designer Jason Mayden, is famous (or infamous) for being known as the ultimate “dad shoe.” It has a basic design with several overlays and emphasizes comfort; within its Phylon midsole there is a full-length Air unit for all-day comfort while grocery shopping or doing other dad things.
While the Air Monarch is primarily known as a dad shoe, the M2K Tekno is set to release in women’s sizes. The new build ups the ante with many more overlays (to accentuate the bulky sneaker look) but should feature the same great cushioning and leather upper. There’s also orange on the heel counter for some pop to an otherwise dull sneaker.
According to US11, the Nike M2K Tekno ‘Phantom/Oil Grey/Matte Silver/Hyper Cream’ is set to drop on May 19 for $100. That price tag nearly doubles the retail price of the Air Monarch, which retails for $50. There is no concrete word yet on where this shoe will be available, and Nike may keep the shoe limited to build hype.
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