Summary

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9 reasons to buy

  • A couple of video reviewers praise the Nike Flight Bonafide shoes for its excellent ventilation.
  • Most reviewers find the slip-on shoe super comfortable.
  • Many reviewers point out that the sock-type shoe is lightweight despite its substantial frame.
  • The Flyknit material in the upper is flexible and accommodates those with slightly wider feet.
  • The rubber tread at the bottom gives the high-top shoe traction and durability.
  • A few fans of the Nike Flight Bonafide who play hoops love its cushioning.
  • The style of the Nike Flight Bonafide is super sleek, futuristic and versatile, a couple of happy campers have noted.
  • Others note that wearing the futuristic-looking high-top shoe “makes heads turn” with users “receiving compliments from peers.”
  • The neutral colorways of the Nike Flight Bonafide make it easier to pull off and style with athletic wear. 

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Nike Flight Bonafide lacks support, a couple of experts have observed.
  • A handful of users do not like that the zipper tab cannot be locked. 
  • The Nike Flight Bonafide is slightly expensive.
  • Some observers have noted that as the knit eventually stretches, going half a size down should be considered.

Bottom line

While the Nike Flight Bonafide takes its cues from a basketball sneaker, its slip-on construction and sock-like fit are designed for lifestyle. The Swoosh brand ensures this shoe provides comfort through its breathable Flyknit upper and super thick soles plus the plush insoles that make it bearable for extended wear. The combination of the signature Flyknit and Air cushioning technology makes the shoe lightweight. 

Facts

Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Lifestyle Shoes
Closure: Slip-on, Zipper
Material: Air Sole, Rubber Sole
Technology: Flyknit
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable
Price: $150
Colorways: Black, Brown, Green, Grey, Multi
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Stability 3/10
Durability 8/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 9/10
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The collar of the men-specific Nike Flight Bonafide kick fits like a sock and stretches well for mobility. The Flyknit upper is a form-fitting material that comfortably hugs the feet like a sock for an enhanced wearing experience for those with narrow, medium and wide feet users.

The Nike Flight Bonafide has a breathable Flyknit upper which gives feet adaptive lockdown. It sits atop a foam midsole featuring responsive Nike Air cushioning. The zip tab on the heel allows easier entry and exit. The high-top slip-on sneaker is a sporty silhouette that goes well with shorts, jeans, joggers, tech fleece pants and cargo pants.

Styling the Nike Flight Bonafide is quite easy to pull off for those who have a sporty, athletic, and street-style fashion sense. The Nike Flight Bonafide in Triple Black, for example, is easily paired with a lot of sporty casual clothes due to its neutral colors. The Nike Flight Bonafide in multicolor iteration, meanwhile, can be paired with plain-colored clothing like shorts and ankle pants to let the vibrant colorway stand out in one’s outfit. Dropped with a futuristic design as part of the Five Decades of Basketball Collection, the Nike Flight Bonafide men’s shoe is an excellent footwear option to spice up your sneaker game.

Most reviewers said that the Nike Flight Bonafide is very comfortable. The insole is very thick, giving the wearer a plush feel. Nike’s flair for the contemporary shoe is very much noticeable in the soles of the Nike Flight Bonafide. This futuristic rendition adds another element of sophistication that should get the attention of casual observers.

Another part of the high-top shoe that stands out is the Flyknit upper that extends above the ankle. Nike’s top of the line upper knit technology not only gives it a very contemporary and sleek outlook but it also helps the shoe become more lightweight, breathable, and comfortable by its advanced foot-hugging features.

The Flight Bonafide, one of the Nike's lifestyle silhouettes, is inspired by the Nike Zoom Flight 95 basketball shoe. Representing the year 2017, it is part of the Five Decades of Basketball collection alongside the Nike Blazer Studio Low (1972), Nike Air Force 1 High SL (1982), Nike Air Foamposite Pro (1997) and Nike Air Zoom Generation (2003). Although the basketball-inspired sneaker had a White, Rose Gold, and Vachetta Tan theme when it was first hyped by the Swoosh brand, Nike did not release the version of the Flight Bonafide in this colorway as of its launch date.

Instead, the OG Nike Flight Bonafide first came out in a black and white colorway inspired by the original Black/White colorway of the Nike Zoom Flight 95. Designed by Nike shoe designer Ben Kirschner, the man behind the Nike Air Force 1 SF, the modern and futuristic looking Nike Flight Bonafide shoe was heavily inspired by the Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 basketball kick.

The Nike Zoom Flight 95, the main inspiration behind the design of the Nike Flight Bonafide shoe, was among the first Nike shoes with the Zoom Air technology. It received several nicknames such as Grasshoppers and Bug Eyes because of the prominent bubbles found at the side. Jason Kidd wore this shoe when he was still an NBA rookie. At some point, the shoe was called the Nike Air Flight 95 Jason Kidd Premium.

After dropping in a black and white colorway in 2017 with pods in the midsole that give the shoe its futuristic design, the Nike Flight Bonafide sneaker was also dropped in several colorways. Some of the sporty colorways dropped include the Triple Black, Wolf Grey, Black/Red, Multicolor, Cargo Khaki, Cool Grey, Blue, and Light Brown with some variants released in rubber gum sole instead of the regular white bottom.

Releasing in time for the NBA All-Star Weekend, the sock-like fit of the shoe comes prepared for high impact activities as the Nike Air cushioning makes the wearing experience quite comfortable. The high-top sneaker comes in a Flyknit upper construction with easy access zippered enclosure at the heel for easy on and off. The Nike Flight Bonafide was priced at $150 at retail.

  • The Flyknit technology is Nike’s response to runners who were looking for footwear that delivers a snug fit.
  • It’s a material that maximizes performance, and at the same time, lessens material waste. An average of 60% of waste is reduced as opposed to the typical cut and sew method.
  • A zipper in the heel allows for easy on and off maneuver.
  • The ribbed pattern in the outsole offers enhanced traction on a variety of surfaces.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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