In the late 1980s, while Michael Jordan was quickly becoming the greatest thing to ever happen to basketball and subsequently the shoes that accompanied the game, Nike’s Flight line was slowly carving its way into the basketball shoe history books as well. Players like Ron Harper and Gerald Wilkins became the face of the Nike Flight Series. One of the most memorable from that line returned in Retro form in 2008. The Flight Lite High originated in 1991 and was part of some memorable advertisements featuring the aforementioned Wilkins balancing the shoe on his index finger in a somewhat magical way that has probably been in large part the reason the shoe remains a classic.
For 2010, Nike Basketball has reinvented the style with full-length Air and updated tread pattern. Some of the memorable styling cues from the original are applied, including the exaggerated tongue complete with the iconic “F” Flight logo. The overall shape is more closely tied to the Hyperdunk 2010 than that of the original version, but the cushion Achilles support and overlay on the ankle area have just enough old school to remind some of us of the Flight Series of old.
Look for these and additional colorways to become available at Eastbay later this month.