Who should buy the Nike Air Flightposite

This Nike basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You are after a shoe that grips well on both indoor and outdoor courts
  • You want a pair that offers great support and keeps your foot securely locked in

Who should not buy the Nike Air Flightposite

According to some basketball players, this basketball shoe is pricey and lacks breathability. Consider the Nike Air Max Audacity 2016 if you are after an affordable pair or Nike Air Zoom BB NXT for a breathable shoe.

Play while looking dope 

Many ballers and casual wearers mentioned that the sleek design and bright colors of the Nike Air Flightposite are what got caught their eyes the first time. The zippered shroud of the shoe also streamlines the look of the vamp which some players said increases the shoe's aesthetic appeal.

Players who are vintage fans commended the soft curves and waves on the surface of the upper which were inspired by the 17th-century anatomical drawings of the body’s musculature.

Impressive midsole setup

Thanks to its Zoom Air Unit, several verified buyers commented that these Nike shoes are very comfortable to wear and are responsive. In addition, some are happy that the pair's PU insole is removable.

The Nike Air Flightposite fits true to size

Verified buyers attested that this shoe from the Swoosh fits true to size. Hence, new buyers are advised to just go with their usual Nike sizes.

Grips well on any floor type

According to basketball players, this pair's traction is reliable for both indoor and outdoor use. This is brought by its rubber outsole covered in widely spaced wavy horizontal lines. 

Secure foot lockdown 

People who bought this pair attested that the shoe has great support, containment and lockdown. Many are pleased with the upper that keeps their foot securely locked in and the adjustments they can do because of the shoe's standard lacing system.

Due to the shoe's zippered shroud that adds another layer of support and containment, several mentioned that they can focus on winning and feel no discomfort on their feet.

Made from premium materials

A considerable number of verified buyers commended the materials of this shoe, saying that it is light, durable, and highly supportive. 

However, some complained that this pair is not well-ventilated and has caused some discomfort on their feet.

A bit pricey

Basketball players are not happy with the shoe's price, commenting that it's quite expensive. With the Nike Air series having an average price of $131, the Nike Air Flightposite is indeed expensive for its $200 price.

History of the Nike Air Flightposite

The retro versions of the Nike Air Flightposite do not fall far from the tree. Like the OG, they feature Foamposite in the upper. They also have the conventional lacing system that is reinforced with a layer of the zippered shroud. There are versions of the Air Flightposite that do not have this additional layer. They are rightfully called the ‘Exposed’ renditions of these Nike shoes.

Designed by Eric Avar, this shoe was originally released in 1999. Because of the model’s appeal and overall performance, it has been retroed several times. It saw its first rerun in 2003. It was revived again in 2008, and then once more in 2013. Five years later, Nike makes another retro run of this well-loved shoe.

Dope colorways of the Nike Air Flightposite

The 2018 release of the Nike Air Flightposite is complete with a zippered shroud. It has the following colorways:

  • Dark Neon Royal/Black/Dark Neon Royal
  • Legion Green/Black/Black

The shoe also has a lot of other versions through the years. The following are just some:

  • Black/Topaz Mist ‘Topaz Mist’
  • Carbon Fiber (OG, black base with black carbon fiber shell)
  • Copper Gold/Black
  • Crimson Zebra (Exposed)
  • Pink/Black Splatter (Exposed)
  • Racer Blue/Total Orange-Black ‘Knicks’
  • University Blue
  • Vivid Pink (Exposed)
  • Volt/Blue Elephant Print (Exposed)
  • White/University Blue

Nike Air Flightposite Chinese New Year

In 2019, Nike launched a unique colorway of the Air Flightposite to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Nike Air Flightposite ‘CNY’ features a gradient pink-to-purple shell with diamond-shaped details on the black neoprene cover.

Nike Air Flightposite Knicks

Allan Houston of the New York Knicks wore a White/Game Royal-Team Orange rendition of the Nike Air Flightposite. This colorway is easily among the most popular colorways of these mid-top basketball shoes.

Nike Air Flightposite Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse version of the Air Flightposite Exposed has a aquamarine/camo upper. It is adorned with Volt accents and what appears like strokes of reflective aqua paint. It has the Year of the Horse logo on top of the tongue, heel, and insoles. This shoe is part of a special collection that also includes the Kobe 9 and the Air Force 1.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 16.6oz
Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up, Zipper
Collection: Nike Air
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Blue / Pink / Green / White / Black / Red
SKUs: 616765001 / 642307001 / 642307100 / 658109800 / AO9378001 / AO9378300 / AO9378401 / AO9378500 / CJ8010990

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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.