Profile of the Nike Air Flightposite

The retro versions of the Nike Air Flightposite do not really 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 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.

The shoes feature very comfortable PU midsoles/insoles. The cushioning setup is finished off with an encapsulated Zoom Air unit. Finally, the outsole is made of firm rubber. It features wavy horizontal lines that allow the shoe to play well on both indoor and outdoor courts.

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.

Performance

Cushion. The Nike Air Flightposite has a Zoom Air unit that is encapsulated in a PU insole/midsole. This whole cushioning setup delivers comfort and responsiveness. The PU insole is removable.

Traction. The outsole of the Air Flightposite Retro is made of a firm type of rubber. It is covered in wavy horizontal lines that are widely spaced. The lateral side of the forefoot features a fingerprint-like pattern. The shoe’s reliable traction makes it a good model for both indoor and outdoor use.

Fit

Length and Width. This shoe from the Swoosh is said to be true to size. Hence, new buyers are advised to just go with their usual Nike sizes.

Lockdown. The supportiveness of the shoe is brought about by its fit, which in turn is a function of the material that the upper is made of. Said to be true to size, the Foamposite upper keeps the foot securely locked in. Adjustments are made possible by the shoe’s standard lacing system. To add another layer of support and containment, the vamp is covered with a zippered shroud.  There are versions of this shoe, aptly called the ‘Exposed’ versions, that do not have this added cover. To further secure the ankle, the shoe is made a mid-top.

Material

The upper of  the Air Flightposite is largely composed of a proprietary material called the Foamposite. It is light, durable, and highly supportive.

Style

The Nike Air Flightposite attracts many ballers and casual wearers because of its sleek design and usually bright colors. Aside from further locking down the foot, the zippered shroud also streamlines the look of the vamp, effectively increasing the shoe’s aesthetic appeal.

The soft curves and waves on the surface of the upper draw inspiration from the 17th century anatomical drawings of the body’s musculature.

Special 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-shape 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 this 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 the insoles. This shoe is part of a special collection that also includes the Kobe 9 and the Air Force 1.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 471g
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
Dimitrije Curcic

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.