Profile of the Nike Air Precision

Released as a Nike budget model, the Nike Air Precision is nothing flashy, but it is equipped with the basic techs needed for hooping. Herringbone on solid rubber outsole, check! Phylon foam for responsiveness and Air unit at the heel for impact protection, check! A lightweight and breathable mesh upper that provides support, comfort, and lockdown, all check!


Cushion. The Nike Air Precision has the tried and tested encapsulated Air-sole unit at the heel. Basically a polyurethane pouch that is filled with dense gases, the technology ensures durable cushioning that doesn’t bottom out as fast as regular foam. Surrounding the unit is Phylon foam that supports the weight of the player while providing a stable and comfortable base.

Traction. The shoe’s outsole sports a multidirectional herringbone pattern that uniquely comes in two layers. A secondary pattern underneath goes against the grain of the primary one, creating a cross-hatch effect that effectively enhances the sole’s friction. The herringbone pattern appears to center on the pivot circle at the midfoot.


Length and Width. The tongue is stitched to the base and extends up to just above the forefoot. It forms a securely anchored internal shroud, making the forefoot and midfoot feel quite narrow. A couple of reviewers also report that the Nike Air Precision runs small. It is best to fit the shoe on personally in your local shoe shop.

Lockdown. The Nike Air Precision features a traditional lacing setup. The two lace loops right above the midfoot pull the upper material toward the center. This tightens the fit and pushes the foot to the footbed. The forefoot area is further clamped down by the snug layer of mesh on top of it.


The Nike basketball shoes’ upper is made of a breathable mesh material that is backed by a layer of foam. The upper is internally lined with a soft textile. There are fuse overlays in high-wear areas like the toe rand and the space around lace holes for increased durability. The tongue is also thickly padded to reduce any discomfort from tightening the laces.

An encapsulated Air-sole unit is embedded in the heel area of the phylon midsole cushion. The outsole is made of a solid rubber compound.


A mid-top basketball shoe that is clean and sleek, the Nike Air Precision looks good with cropped jeans or shorts. For outfits that require a shoe that isn’t too flashy, this sneaker fits the bill. The Nike Swoosh can be found on the lateral, medial, and bottom side of the shoe. “AIR Precision” is embossed on the tongue while “AIR” is at the back of the heel.

Special Colorways of the Nike Air Precision

The Nike Air Precision is available in seven colorways:

  • Black/Blue/White
  • Black/White
  • Gold/Black
  • Gray/Black/Aqua
  • Infrared/Deep Blue
  • Light Gray/Navy Blue
  • White/Black

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air
Features: Ankle support / Outdoor
Colorways: Black / Grey / White / Red / Blue
SKUs: 898452001 / 898452006 / 898455004 / 898455005 / 898455100 / 898455102 / 898455400 / 898455401 / 898455600 / 898455601

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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.