Size and fit

The collar of the men-specific Nike Flight Bonafide kick fits like a sock and stretches well for mobility. The Flyknit upper is a form-fitting material that comfortably hugs the feet like a sock for an enhanced wearing experience for those with narrow, medium and wide feet users.

Nike Flight Bonafide Style

The Nike Flight Bonafide has a breathable Flyknit upper which gives feet adaptive lockdown. It sits atop a foam midsole featuring responsive Nike Air cushioning. The zip tab on the heel allows easier entry and exit. The high-top slip-on sneaker is a sporty silhouette that goes well with shorts, jeans, joggers, tech fleece pants and cargo pants.

Styling the Nike Flight Bonafide is quite easy to pull off for those who have a sporty, athletic, and street-style fashion sense. The Nike Flight Bonafide in Triple Black, for example, is easily paired with a lot of sporty casual clothes due to its neutral colors. The Nike Flight Bonafide in multicolor iteration, meanwhile, can be paired with plain-colored clothing like shorts and ankle pants to let the vibrant colorway stand out in one’s outfit. Dropped with a futuristic design as part of the Five Decades of Basketball Collection, the Nike Flight Bonafide men’s shoe is an excellent footwear option to spice up your sneaker game.

Notable Features

Most reviewers said that the Nike Flight Bonafide is very comfortable. The insole is very thick, giving the wearer a plush feel. Nike’s flair for the contemporary shoe is very much noticeable in the soles of the Nike Flight Bonafide. This futuristic rendition adds another element of sophistication that should get the attention of casual observers.

Another part of the high-top shoe that stands out is the Flyknit upper that extends above the ankle. Nike’s top of the line upper knit technology not only gives it a very contemporary and sleek outlook but it also helps the shoe become more lightweight, breathable, and comfortable by its advanced foot-hugging features.

Nike Flight Bonafide History

The Flight Bonafide, one of the Nike's lifestyle silhouettes, is inspired by the Nike Zoom Flight 95 basketball shoe. Representing the year 2017, it is part of the Five Decades of Basketball collection alongside the Nike Blazer Studio Low (1972), Nike Air Force 1 High SL (1982), Nike Air Foamposite Pro (1997) and Nike Air Zoom Generation (2003). Although the basketball-inspired sneaker had a White, Rose Gold, and Vachetta Tan theme when it was first hyped by the Swoosh brand, Nike did not release the version of the Flight Bonafide in this colorway as of its launch date.

Instead, the OG Nike Flight Bonafide first came out in a black and white colorway inspired by the original Black/White colorway of the Nike Zoom Flight 95. Designed by Nike shoe designer Ben Kirschner, the man behind the Nike Air Force 1 SF, the modern and futuristic looking Nike Flight Bonafide shoe was heavily inspired by the Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 basketball kick.

The Nike Zoom Flight 95, the main inspiration behind the design of the Nike Flight Bonafide shoe, was among the first Nike shoes with the Zoom Air technology. It received several nicknames such as Grasshoppers and Bug Eyes because of the prominent bubbles found at the side. Jason Kidd wore this shoe when he was still an NBA rookie. At some point, the shoe was called the Nike Air Flight 95 Jason Kidd Premium.

After dropping in a black and white colorway in 2017 with pods in the midsole that give the shoe its futuristic design, the Nike Flight Bonafide sneaker was also dropped in several colorways. Some of the sporty colorways dropped include the Triple Black, Wolf Grey, Black/Red, Multicolor, Cargo Khaki, Cool Grey, Blue, and Light Brown with some variants released in rubber gum sole instead of the regular white bottom.

Releasing in time for the NBA All-Star Weekend, the sock-like fit of the shoe comes prepared for high impact activities as the Nike Air cushioning makes the wearing experience quite comfortable. The high-top sneaker comes in a Flyknit upper construction with easy access zippered enclosure at the heel for easy on and off. The Nike Flight Bonafide was priced at $150 at retail.

Additional Info

  • The Flyknit technology is Nike’s response to runners who were looking for footwear that delivers a snug fit.
  • It’s a material that maximizes performance, and at the same time, lessens material waste. An average of 60% of waste is reduced as opposed to the typical cut and sew method.
  • A zipper in the heel allows for easy on and off maneuver.
  • The ribbed pattern in the outsole offers enhanced traction on a variety of surfaces.


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