Size and fit

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.

Nike Air Flight 89 Style

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. 

Notable Features

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 Air Flight 89 History

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.

Nice to know

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

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Classic, Sporty
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Flight
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Rubber Sole, Synthetic
Technology: Air Cushion

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