Size and fit

Shoes from the Nike Presto collection generally offer a sock-like feel. The Fly version has a lace-up system at the front that helps secure the feet, with the help of an embedded flywire that assures total lockdown on the feet. It provides a likable fit to many runners with narrow or medium foot measurements.

The Nike Air Presto Fly shoes also have an upper made from breathable mesh that is also incredibly flexible, giving a comfortable, enhanced fit to last all day.

Nike Air Presto Fly Style

The Nike Air Presto Fly has a sporty appearance with modern innovations. The removal of the cage gives the shoe a more Roshe-esque look and streamlined appearance. Its comfortable feel and sleek look make it an ideal everyday shoe.

Some of its most popular colorway options in the 2017 release include the Nike Air Presto Fly Triple White, Nike Air Presto Fly Oatmeal, Nike Air Presto Fly Light Bone, and Nike Air Presto Fly Cool Grey which are all appealing to both men’s and women’s fashion tastes.

As one of the newest streetwear staples of 2017, this shoe goes well with denim shorts, jeans, jogger pants, and skirts.

  Styling suggestion for the Nike Air Presto Fly for men and women:

  For men

The Nike Air Presto Fly men’s shoes are best worn with denim jeans with ankle-length or cropped jeans to highlight its modern silhouette. As a running-inspired casual sneaker, the Presto Fly’s clean looks compliment joggers and track pants as well as athletic shorts for an athleisure styling. Wear the low-top running shoe at the gym, grocery, mall, park, or in any casual wear-permitting location with ease as the versatile shoe does not look overwhelming and instead serves its purpose with simplicity and comfort.

  For women

The Nike Air Presto Fly for women wearers allows for style experimentation. With the athleisure trend being embraced by many female fashionistas, women may opt to wear the Air Presto Fly with leggings, yoga pants, compression pants, or athletic shorts for a sporty look. Blend them by topping with quick-dry shirts and tank tops that look good on wearers that are ready to hit the gym and make runs at the nearest grocery with ease.

Notable Features

One can notice that the plastic and molded midfoot cage easily jump out of the silhouette of the Nike Air Presto Fly. It gives the shoe structure and hold as it merely uses a glorified sock as its primary upper material. The midfoot cage is also a big reason why the Presto’s silhouette is undoubtedly one of the most contemporary and well-liked forms in the entire sneaker world.

However, in the Nike Air Presto Fly, the TPU midfoot cage is removed and replaced by a concealed Flywire lacing system that creates a minimalist and sleek look and lightweight feel. In some versions of the Air Presto Fly, assuring a better fit is the Flyknit mesh material in the upper that provides a sock-like and breathable fit while the Phylon midsole guarantees comfortable cushioning.

Nike Air Presto Fly History

The Nike Air Presto Fly is a remake of the OG Air Presto which was released during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The OG was marketed as the “t-shirt for your feet,” delivering maximum comfort and a sock-like fit. As the pet project of the vaunted trio of Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker, the shoe looked at advanced technology to blend superior performance and exceptional comfort.

More than just its loud and proud introduction during the Sydney Olympics, Nike also took a more irreverent, albeit more appealing approach in the unveiling of this shoe. The Swoosh took an unprecedented approach by using names on the original colorways with matching musical anchor to pump up the sneaker world’s interest in the Air Presto.

When the Nike Air Presto was made first available to the public, there were 13 colorways, 12 of which were aptly named. The following names were given to the dirty dozen: Shady Milkman, Rabid Panda, Orange Monk, Jack Mackerel, Migraine Fly, Brutal Honey, Rogue Kielbasas, Trouble at Home, Abdominal Snowman, Catfight Shiner, Presto Bill, and Unholy Cumulus. To this day, it remains a mystery why the 13th colorway was left without any name.

Nike did an excellent job in repurposing the model with minimal changes. With a slimmed down look, Nike removed the molded cage placed in the midfoot of the OG Air Presto. The Nike Air Presto Fly casual shoes still have the signature Swoosh branding, but it was positioned subtly in the upper. It still has the “T-shirt for your feet” feel just like the original.

Through the years, the shoe has been a subject of numerous collaborations, which only added to its ever-growing popularity. Unsurprisingly, it has also found its way into the sneaker cabinet of many of the world’s most famous and highly-entertaining celebrities.

Additional Info

  • The Nike Air Presto Fly features modern innovation with enhanced technologies. Some technologies integrated into the shoe include the stretchable mesh upper for maximum breathability and enhanced fit, IU midsole that also serves as the outsole, rubber pods at the toe and heel area for reliable traction.
  • Flywire cables that are directly connected to the midsole add personalized comfort and lockdown feel.
  • There is a prominent heel tab for convenience during foot entry or exit.


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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.