words // Brandon Richard

Before there was the Son of Mars, there was the Son of Glove, a modified version of Gary Payton’s Nike Air Zoom Flight ’98.

In simple terms, the Son of Glove was a more affordable takedown version of the model, replacing the spandex-fit shroud with stretchable synthetic leather. Also noticeably absent was the Monkey Paw tech beneath the sleeve, 1.5 Articulation embroidery, Zoom cushioning and outsole design. However, the Son of Glove was still a well-received offering that has developed somewhat of a cult following in the last 15 years.

With Gary Payton officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this past Sunday, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to Winter 1998, when the Son of Glove was featured in the catalog in three colorways. The “Pearl” Nike Air Foamposite Pro, Chris Webber’s Air Max Sensation and Alonzo Mourning’s Air Zo Tuff also grace the page.

Good news for fans of Gary Payton and the original Zoom Flight ’98 — the classic is making its return next month.

While you wait, enjoy this throwback page and share any memories you have of these shoes with us below.


Eastbay Memory Lane // Gary Payton & The Nike Air Son Of Glove