Nike Flight Legacy: A street-ready basketball sneaker

The high-top Nike Flight Legacy displays a retro look inspired by the basketball kicks from the 80s. Nike kept it simple while giving hints of nostalgia. 

It has a tumbled leather upper inserted with a well-cushioned lining. To support its wearers with each step, Nike used a lightweight and iconic Air-sole cushioning unit. Found under is a full-length rubber outsole for traction and durability. The brand used its iconic branding on the collar, heel, and tongue to finish off the vintage appeal.

Is there a fashionable alternative to Swoosh's Flight Legacy?

Definitely yes! There are countless alternatives to the Nike Flight Legacy; one is the popular Air Jordan 3. Many consider the Air Jordan 3 and the Nike Flight Legacy as close relatives as both display retro basketball heritage with responsive cushioning.

These high-top sneakers are both covered with a leather upper. However, unlike the Flight Legacy that flashes a plain leather upper, the Jordan 3 has its signature elephant print marks on the forefoot and heel overlays.

If you are into the branding, the Flight Legacy has an oversized Swoosh on the collar while the Air Jordan 3 flaunts its Jumpman logos on the tongue and heel.

Under these sneakers, you can find the visible Air unit on the heel. The Air Jordan 3 was the first to use this innovative cushioning in the Jordan lineup, while in the Flight series, this features is a constant. 


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