Size and fit

Based on a basketball shoe silhouette, the Jordan True Flight men’s sneaker is a high-top shoe equipped with adequate hold and support that a wearer needs on and off the court. Slip it on and off with ease as there is a nylon web pull loop on the heel. Secured and snug fit is provided by the lacing system that stretches up to the ankle level and the Neoprene Dynamic Fit inner sleeve.

Jordan True Flight Style

If you are looking for a high-top basketball shoe that can also take you to places in style, then the Jordan True Flight is probably one of your best options. The leather and durabuck upper boast sufficient reinforcement that give your feet the much-needed support, while the side cut out details offer breathability and added flair.   

While it may look bulky, the True Flight is the kind of shoe that goes well with anything. Wear it with jeans or shorts, and you're good to go with low-key comfort and on-trend retro style.

  Red Jordan True Flight Sneakers

  • Jordan True Flight ‘Gym/Red’ - This Jordan True Flight in red dropped in December 2015 with a bright red upper and black underlays, laces, heel tab, and midsole. White accents are on the Jumpman logo on the tongue and sides, as well as the midsole “peak” accents. The sleek look of this lightweight kick suits athletic and casual occasions.

  Black Jordan True Flight Sneakers

  • Jordan True Flight ‘Black / Gold’ – This Jordan TF features an all-black upper that sits atop a clean, white midsole. Seen on the tongue, insoles, heel, and sides are gold tone Jumpman brandings.  
  • Jordan True Flight ‘Black Grape’ – This futuristic Jordan shows off a nubuck black upper with hints of purple underlays and midsole “peak” accents. The Jordan brandings, on the other hand, appear in a contrasting teal color. Each pair of this Jordan True Flight black sneakers originally retails for $140.
  • Jordan True Flight ‘Black / Black – Stealth’ -  Those looking for a pair of an all-black Jordan True Flight sneakers could have a look at the Jordan True Flight in Black / Black – Stealth colorway. The high-top hoop-inspired sneaker features a tonal black leather upper with silver and speckled accents on the midsole.

  White Jordan True Flight Sneakers

  • Jordan True Flight ‘Volt Ice’ – The Volt Ice or otherwise referred to as the White/ Volt Ice colorway of the Jordan 7-inspired silhouette is summer-ready. This Jordan True Flight features an all-white upper with volt ice accents hitting the brandings and the semi-translucent outsole.
  • Jordan True Flight ‘White/ Taxi / University Blue’ – This retro-looking white Jordan True Flight flaunts a white-based upper accentuated with university blue accents on the mesh underlays, sole unit, heel, and tongue. Hints of metallic silver are on the brandings and midsole while a yellow inner lining seals off the look.   
  • Jordan True Flight ‘White/ Varsity Red/ Black’ – Released alongside several True Flight colorways is the White/ Varsity Red/ Black Jordan True Flight sneaker. It flaunts a white-based upper with a black tongue and sole. Red accents are seen on the heel tab, Jumpman logos, and midsole. White flat laces complete the retro look.  
  • Jordan True Flight ‘White/ Court Blue/ University Blue’ – If white and blue sneakers are your style, then this True Flight colorway would be a great addition to your growing collection of retro sneakers. The leather upper comes in white, while shades of court blue and university blue are seen on the inner linings, collar, tongue, heel tab, heel, and sole unit.

Notable Features

Inspired by the Jordan Retro line, many Jordan followers could not deny the similarities of the Jordan True Flight to the Air Jordan 7s since it is basically an updated version of the latter. Taken from the AJ 7 are the collar structure, including the Jumpman logo placement, and the peak details on the midsole. Although similarly looking, the True Flight has a flatter outsole with multi-directional Herringbone-patterned sections for increased grip and traction on any kind of surface, and a full-length Zoom Air unit for superb performance cushioning.

Jordan True Flight History

Oregon-based footwear company giant Nike made a name in the industry by producing running shoes. The running footwear realm has become its empire, and when this industry somehow reached its peak and started going downhill, the Swoosh found itself struggling. That was in 1984.  

At that time, the company thought of something like some sort of an escape route that will save itself from going under. They needed a new market. A new set of audience. This was when basketball superstar Michael Jordan started taking part. Then an NBA rookie, the young Michael Jordan was signed by Nike to create a brand new line of basketball shoes called Air Jordan.

Initially, Jordan was hesitant to sign with Nike since he was hoping to endorse Adidas and Converse, but both brands were not interested. He later on signed with the Swoosh after renowned Nike designer Peter Moore presented sketches of the first-ever Air Jordan sneakers along with apparels all in a black and red color scheme. The contract was a 5-year deal amounting to US$2.5 M plus royalties and benefits.

  The Air Jordan 1: Pioneering the Air Jordan sneakers lineup

It was in 1985 when the first Air Jordan shoe made a momentous official debut. Before this, all hoop shoes were white, and its introduction seemed like an epitome of the transformations that were about to happen to the athletic footwear industry particularly basketball.  

The black and red, otherwise known as “bred” basketball shoe was first worn by Michael Jordan during an NBA game on November 17th, 1984. The then-unusual and often described as “bold” colors of the shoe definitely caught the attention of the NBA that it had to ban the Air Jordan 1 because of its non-conformity to the NBA’s dress code. For every game that Michael Jordan wore a pair of the bred AJ1s in an NBA game, the NBA Commissioner fined him $5000. Nike looked at the issue positively and took it as a marketing opportunity. It told Michael Jordan to continue wearing the controversial hoop shoe and took care of all the fines.

Michael Jordan's on-court performance was indeed a critical factor that made the Air Jordan 1 a huge success for Nike. It became so popular that in March 1985, 23 new colorways were released to the market. It was the shoe that set up a path for the renowned Air Jordan line in the athletic footwear industry. A new Air Jordan shoe model released each year since its debut. To this day, the Jordan brand remains a pillar in the sneaker market, and its legacy lives on.    

  Introducing the Jordan True Flight sneakers

The men’s Jordan True Flight basketball-inspired shoes made an official debut on January 17, 2009, with a retail price of $140 a pair. Even before its official launch, the sneaker market highly anticipates its arrival as a promising addition to the growing Jordan sneakers lineup. Its grand entrance to the sneaker world involved four introductory colorways that resembled past AJ7 releases such as the ‘White/ Varsity Red/ Black', ‘White/Court Blue/ University Blue,’ ‘Black/ Varsity Red/ Light Graphite/ White', and ‘White/ Metallic Silver/ Black/ Varsity Purple'. It was a success and immediately gained a huge following.

Several other colorways followed suit such as the Black/ Black – Stealth, which was the first True Flight with a black-based upper. It also features silver accents and a few speckle details on the midsole. After a series of releases, the True Flight underwent a short hiatus and came back in 2014 with additional colorways and new releases, and again in 2017 including versions in grade school sizing.

  Jordan True Flight vs Air Jordan 7

The Jordan True Flight reminds most Jordan followers of the retro Air Jordan 7 model. From the upper down to the sole, the two silhouettes are almost identical in such a way that those unfamiliar with the Jordan Flight models may confuse them as one shoe. Thanks to the overall profile, collar construction, and midsole detailing, the Jordan True Flight could definitely double as an AJVII – but just at first glance.

Look closely, and you will notice that the True Flight is, in fact, just an updated version of the Air Jordan 7 silhouette. It acquired the looks of the retro Jordan model, but its features and materials have been upgraded to mimic the performance of today’s hoop shoes. In a nutshell, the Jordan True Flight is the kind of shoe with a retro-looking style similar to old-school Jordans and an impressive on- and off-court performance.

Nice to know

  • The upper material can be leather or durabuck depending on the colorway.
  • Although the Jordan True Flight is generally supportive, those in leather upper offers greater hold and support.
  • The tongue is made of thick mesh material, which offers breathability hence added comfort.
  • The Jumpman logo is also visible on the tongue, heel, insoles, and outsole.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Jordan Flight, Nike Zoom Air
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, Nubuck, EVA, Neoprene / Fabric
Season: Spring, Fall

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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.