Size and fit

The Nike Air Presto Fly offers a sock-like feel and is offered in both men’s and women’s sizes. It has a lace-up system at the front that helps secure the feet, with the help of an embedded flywire that assures total lockdown on the feet. It provides a likable fit to many runners with narrow or medium foot measurements.

The Nike Air Presto Fly shoes also have an upper made from breathable mesh that is also incredibly flexible, giving a comfortable, enhanced fit to last all day.

Nike Presto Fly Style

Staying true to its heritage, the Nike Presto Fly retains its popular minimalistic design and signature sleek silhouette. It seamlessly combines sporty and classy designs, which makes for a stylish shoe. The model’s elimination of its signature TPU cage offer a cleaner and more contemporary aesthetic. This pair is versatile enough to be paired with almost any casual ensemble.

  Men’s styling tips

For a full day of errands where you can't be bothered to even think about what to wear, go for the trusty T-shirt and shorts combo accessorized with a cap for a simple and comfortable ensemble. On laidback days where you want to dress up, try going for a pair of black skinny jeans, T-shirt, and leather jacket accented with a belt and chain necklaces. For casual occasions, opt for cuffed dark jeans and a crisp button-down shirt. Lastly, for an athleisure-inspired look that's deemed trendy today, reach for your gym compression tights, gym shorts, T-shirt, and accessorize with a bomber jacket and a cap.

  Women’s styling tips

The ladies could opt for high waist denim shorts and a shirt with embroidered graphics for a day of hanging out with friends. For a dressier casual look, match your Nike Presto Fly kicks with a pair of joggers, T-shirt, and accessorize with a leather jacket and a choker necklace. For a stylish spring look, go for high waist trousers, cropped halter and finish with sunglasses and hoop earrings. For an effortlessly cool look, try popping on a dress.

Notable Features

This kick's one-piece upper is crafted from breathable mesh that allows for a sock-like fit, excellent breathability and flexibility. The pair's TPU toe cap and heel counter provide support and structure to the shoe. Its concealed Flywire lacing system allows for easy adjustment for a customizable and lockdown fit. Lastly, the shoe's midsole has a notable design that features separate forefoot and heel flex grooves for flexibility and visual purposes.

Nike Presto Fly History

Nike introduced their new running shoe called the Presto in the year 2000 and was first seen publicly during the Sydney Olympics of the same year. It was marketed as the "T-shirt for your feet" as it utilized an upper material made of fabric that offers flexibility and a sock-like fit. It is regarded as the pioneering act and model for the "barefoot" craze that has swept today's sneaker scene.

The Presto was originally launched in 13 different colorways with a short animated promotional ad accompanying each. These quirky ads showcased each colorway and their unique names which include A Brutal Honey, Unholy Cumulus, Trouble at Home, Rabid Panda, Shady Milkman, Jack Mackerel, Orange Monk and Migraine Fly, Abdominal Snowman, Catfight Shiner, Rogue Kielbasas, and the thirteenth colorway which remains unnamed. These ads and the shoe's unique colorway names played a huge role in propelling this pair's popularity. Moreover, as part of Nike's one-of-a-kind marketing strategy, Nike sold the Presto in XXXS to XXXL sizes instead of the standard numeric version, which again created more buzz for the shoe.

Since its first release, the Presto has been reinterpreted countless ways in a steady stream of releases. Although it is less popular today, it gained a loyal following for its classic design, comfort, and pioneer status.

One of the Presto's reinterpretations is the Nike Presto Fly, which ditched the TPU lace cage and instead utilized a concealed FlyWire lacing system that provides a customizable lockdown fit. Its upper is also crafted from a more durable, upgraded version of the mesh that offers more support and durability. Although not as ubiquitous as its predecessor, the Nike Air Presto Fly were also seen gracing the feet of celebrities such as John Wall, Conor Mcgregor, and Julianne Hough.


The Presto Fly by Nike is offered in a number of colorway options. Check it in these following hues: Triple White, Oil Grey / Black / White / Rainforest, Game Royal / Black / White / Volt, Obsidian / Black / Blue Nebula / White, Medium Olive / White, Black / White, Triple Black, Blue Void / Black / White / Game Royal, Smokey Mauve / Particle Beige / Gum Light Brown / Summit White, Light Carbon / Summit White / Crimson Tint / Gum Light Brown, Cargo Khaki, Tonal Sand, Triple Red, and Tonal Blue.

The Nike Air Presto Fly was also released in a JDI (Just Do It) version. The sneaker displays the slogan ‘Just Do It’ on the tongue lace loops. Colorways include Black, White, Total Orange and White / Black / Total Orange for a classic look with a pop of color.

  The story behind the Presto’s inception

The Presto’s journey started in 1996 when Tobie Hatfield, then Senior Director of Athlete Innovation for Nike, was in a production meeting and remembered two main feedback points he received: excellent fit and comfort like that of a pair of slippers. Upon remembering, Tobie immediately sketched a prototype with a carved-out area by the ankle called “V-notch” aimed to improve fit.

In 1998, Hatfield’s team materialized their first sneaker with the introduction of the Nike Air Gauntlet. This shoe utilized the V-notch and a stretch mesh material in the forefoot. A year later, the Nike Air Zoom Drive debuted. This pair displayed a more traditional collar but retained the stretch mesh upper and heel clip. Hatfield shared that this kick was built upon the same principles of impeccable comfort and fit as the original project in 1996.

Finally, in 2000, the Nike Air Presto was introduced displaying the V-notch and bringing with it the mesh material construction and heel and toe reinforcements from earlier models.

Additional Info

  • The outsole of the men’s and women’s Nike Presto Fly casual shoes feature rubber pods on the heel and toe area for improved traction.
  • It has a pull-tab strategically placed on the heel as an aid when putting the shoe on.
  • The brand's Swoosh logos are placed on the shoe's toe box, heel area, tongue, and medial and lateral sides of the upper.
  • Some of the most coveted colorways are the Nike Presto Fly in red, black, white, grey, and pink.
  • The shoe functions as a slip-on when putting on.
  • Consumers are given the option to customize their pair with various color combinations and personalized text.
  • Its collar and tongue are padded for added cushioning and comfort around the ankle area.
  • Some retailers call this the Nike Air Presto Fly despite the absence of the Air tech unit.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Flywire, Nike Presto
Closure: Laces, Slip-on
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, Neoprene / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.