words // Nick Engvall
Typically when I dig through to find each week’s Eastbay Memory Lane post, I find so much good stuff that it’s hard to choose just one page from a catalog, and I end up picking a handful to share at a time. This week I came across a gem that I’ve been searching for ever since it was hinted that a Retro might be in the works for the near future.
We all know the Nike Air Max Penny will be releasing in classic Orlando Magic colors later this month, but another one of Penny Hardaway’s unforgettable sneakers is what deserves the attention. The Nike Air Flight One, since it has never been recreated in Retro form, is probably one of the most sought-after sneakers of all time. Considering the popularity of the Penny Hardaway signature line, and the fact that Michael Jordan himself once wore a pair of the Air Flight One, it’s no surprise that these are near grail status for many collectors.
Even though the Air Flight One didn’t carry the Penny namesake, it was undoubtedly the first of what most of us considering a signature Penny sneaker. Despite the various team colorways that were created, the number “1” on the heel tab, that Michael so rudely disposed of when he wore the shoes, was enough for anyone who watched Anfernee lead the Magic to a franchise record 70 wins during the 1995-96 season to know that these were the first of what could arguably be the greatest signature line in sneaker history.
Fittingly, word of the return of this iconic shoe came during the interview with Mark Dolce about another classic shoe that gained fame from Penny’s feet, the Air Go LWP.