Verdict from 66 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A number of reviewers appreciate that some of the OG colorways of the Nike Air Flight 89 are reissued. 
  • A handful of satisfied customers agree that the design of the shoe is an affordable version of the Air Jordan 4.
  • Several commenters appreciate the comeback of Air Flight 89 from Nike.
  • A couple of purchasers mention that the shoe became one of their instant favorite silhouettes. 
  • The majority of the reviewers state that Air Flight 89 looks classy and fresh.
  • Like the other Nike Air Flight kicks, a wearer mentions that the shoe can be worn for outdoor basketball.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The material is constructed out of stiff synthetics, which make the shoe inflexible, say many reviewers.
  • Some commenters are a bit disappointed because the shape of the shoe is a little bit different than the OG ones. 
  • The synthetic upper creases up easily, according to a couple of reviewers.

Bottom line

With a rich history behind, the relaunch of the Nike Air Flight 89 is significantly one of the sought-after classic releases. Although the newer version contains subtle differences in shape and fit, many still appreciate that the shoe is brought back.  With a clean and retro-looking silhouette, the shoe will likely go with any casual wear.

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Good to know

The retro-looking basketball shoe is offered in men’s sizing, with a mid-cut upper that gives enough support around the ankle area. The shoe features a combination of synthetic and leather, which can effectively retain the form of the shoe. A lace-up closure system can provide wearers an adjustable fit. The shoe also comes with a rubber outsole for excellent grip while on the court. 

This iteration comes with the OG Nike Air cushioning for reduced weight without diminishing performance.

The Nike Air Flight 89 comes in various colorways, including red, white, bred. The shoe is also offered in the color of the Chicago City Flag, which features blue upper and some red accents. With retro aesthetics, the shoe brings nostalgia back in the ‘80s basketball fashion. The premium leather delivers not only lasting durability but also an elegant finish to the shoe. 

Retro-looking shoes can be styled in different casual ways using wardrobe basics. The Nike Air Flight in white and red colorway will look good with an all-white outfit. Opting for white rolled-up jeans and some plain white crew-neck shirt is the way to go. To add some spice on the look, wearing aviator glasses will put together the outfit. 

Apart from the Nike Air Flight 89 contains a rich history, the sleek iteration also proves its value by offering wearers fresh look and materials. It also comes in different special colorway versions, such as an intergalactic theme called “Planet of Hoops.” The particular model contains glow-in-the-dark details, which makes it distinctive.

Nike’s iconic basketball history began when they released Bruin and Blazer in the early ‘70s. However, Nike launched one of the best basketball shoes in history, the Air Force 1 in 1982. During this time, the brand was already gaining admiration from the people and sparks popularity on Nike Basketball. 

The succeeding years added significant success to the brand when one of the best players, Michael Jordan joined the company. As the Air Jordan line debuted in stores, Nike had the major hit. Throughout the following years, the Nike Basketball line continues to dominate in the industry with the help of players prominent players, such as Scottie Pippen. 

Pippen was also a star back in the day. He wore quite a few succession of Nike sneakers. One of the shoes was the Nike Air Flight 89 when it initially released. The shoe is remembered by its close resemblance to the Air Jordan 4.

  • Has branding on both sides, heels, and insoles.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.