The Nike M2K Tekno, the Trendy Monarch Re-Build, is Dropping Next Month

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.

What are you thoughts on the Nike M2K Tekno? Did you (or your dad) ever have a pair of the Nike Air Monarch? If so, let us know what you think in comment section below.

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Source: US11

8 Comments

  1. I’m an 80’s child (so I grew up with shoes like this) but for the life of me I don’t understand the recent fascination with Dad shoes. Do people really just do whatever Kanye tells them? SMH. Oh fashion. I don’t understand you and you hurt my brain sometimes. Where’s me helmet. World scary

    1. The only saying that comes to mind concerning the recent fascination with dad shoes is “what’s old is new again.” Maybe the hypebeasts’ are bringing them back…

  2. Monarch buyers aren’t going to buy this new shoe….not sure what you were thinking Nike. What’s next, a $150 Tinker version of the Monarch?

    1. Chances are, there’s probably going to be an “Off-White” version too for $200. But hey, it is what it is.

  3. WTF Nike? I would report someone to the authorities if I found out they spent $100 on these.

  4. I kinda get the appeal. The more this…practice, is done, the more you see how they’re trying to reapproach the dad shoe elements before they were recognized as dad shoes. The uppers on this, the Yeezy’s, BB Aura, the Wave Runner, Yung 1, etc were more strategically designed to continue with the tooling. There’s a lot of arbitrary detail which turns the silhouette into some no-holds-barred canvas.

    Like you take the Monarch, and it’s really the dullness of the upper that makes it more…dad-like. It’s basic. All these recent examples are intentionally busy with colors and layers. It can be tasteful in an objective right, but with the first example being a Yeezy, it really did rub off like the industry was exploiting a way to see if “hypebeasts” were so inept at developing their own tastes, that they’d even buy an overpriced dad shoe.

    If that wasn’t how such shoes came about, and they just started with the common masses, I’m sure less people would consider buying them, but no one would hate them off the bat.

  5. I’m sick of this dad shoe trend. Just. Buy. The. Monarchs. They’re all aping that shoe anyway. Its like 45 bucks at the outlets. Its not limited. Its not hyped. Its not cool. Some dipshit celeb ain’t putting their name on it. It’ll be there, on sale, forever, waiting for you to accept your fate. You’re too old for this shoe game crap. Just get them, be at peace with what you are, and go get some lightbulbs at Target.

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