Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • A good number of reviewers give these Nike basketball shoes high overall satisfaction ratings.
  • The majority of wearers report that the FlyEase version of the second Air Precision from Nike provides noticeable arch support.
  • Some buyers are happy that these mid-top basketball shoes are well-crafted.
  • Just like how the Jordan CP3.XI fits, most buyers say that both the length and width of the Nike Air Precision II FlyEase are true to what is put on its label.
  • More than a handful of buyers report that these Nike basketball shoes feel comfortable. Commenters are also saying the same thing about the 33rd Air Jordan.
  • One reviewer says that these Nike shoes are also great for all-day use.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful left comments that they encountered serious durability issues with the Nike Air Precision 2 FlyEase, especially its zipper.
  • There are buyers who do not like the appearance and overall design of these Nike shoes.
  • Some buyers are not happy that the mid-top Nike sneakers that they get did not last longer than a few weeks of basketball.

Bottom line

In line with their efforts to promote inclusivity, Nike released a FlyEase version of their second Air Precision shoes. These mid-tops are well received, with many giving it high satisfaction ratings. However, it seems that these Nike shoes have serious issues with durability. There are buyers who report significant breakages after just a few weeks of use on the court. With this, it appears that this model is great but only for casual use.

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User reviews:

FlyEase is a simple but revolutionary technology that helps people with disabilities put on their shoes without anyone’s assistance. The technology is a response to a letter written by a Nike fan who suffers from cerebral palsy. It was first implemented on LeBron James’ Nike Soldier 10 FlyEase basketball shoe, ushering in a new line of Nike shoes that help empower athletes born into disadvantaged situations. The Nike Air Precision II FlyEase is yet another release from that line.

Cushion. The midsole’s cushioning system is composed of a Nike Air heel unit, which is basically a polyurethane pouch filled with dense gases, encased within a Phylon foam. The Air unit delivers impact protection while the bouncy rubber foam takes care of responsiveness.

Traction. The shoe retains the tread pattern on its predecessor. Still multidirectional, the herringbone pattern is crosshatched with recessed grooves. Dust might be an issue as its grooves are narrow and can trap dust inside. Wiping will be needed on less-than-stellar courts.  

Length and Width. There are currently not enough reviews regarding the length and the width of the shoe. It is recommended that you personally fit the Nike Air Precision II FlyEase in your local shoe store for appropriate sizing.

Lockdown. The highlight of the Air Precision II FlyEase is the zipper closure system that is incorporated into its lock-in design. Legendary Tinker Hatfield’s younger brother Tobie Hatfield, created a closure system that is easy and quick to use. It doesn’t need fine motor skills, which a lot of disabled persons struggle with.

The shoe’s velcro strap is joined to a zipper which allows the heel area of the upper to unhinge and unravel, creating an opening from behind – instead of the usual foot entry via the tongue and lacing system. Once the foot is inside the shoe, locking down is as easy as zipping and stick the velcro strap back. This, together with the midfoot strap, and elastic, stationary forefoot laces ensure a secure feel.

The entire upper is a mesh and foam combo.  The forefoot is made of knitted mesh, making it  well-ventilated, breathable, and not too rigid. From the midfoot to the back, the Precision II FlyEase utilizes regular mesh and thick padding, providing structure, support, and comfort to the heel and ankle area. Soft fabric lines the insides of the shoe, making it feel great when worn. The straps come in a suede material.

The midsole features a bouncy Phylon foam while the outsole is composed of a solid rubber compound.

The sole and both the lateral and medial sides are embellished with the Nike Swoosh. There is a huge asterisk on the first velcro strap, and it is a direct reference to Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman's annotation on the word “Athlete” in Nike’s mission statement. He said that, "if you have a body, you are an athlete." This quote is printed on the underside of the strap. The second velcro strap has the name of the shoe “Air Precision II”.

The shoe currently has three colorways available: Black/Volt/White, Cool Grey/White/Photo Blue/Black, White/Volt/Black. All of which feature a minimalist and clean look.

Size and fit

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How Air Precision II Flyease compares

This shoe: 58
All shoes average: 86
51 99
This shoe: £70
All shoes average: £130
£40 £490
This shoe: 397g
All shoes average: 393g
256g 812g
Author
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.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com