Nike Pull the Air Flight Lite II Out of the Shadows
Nike’s basketball back catalogue is often underrepresented by 1980s models and classic Air Jordans. However, they occasionally come good on their archival depth by pulling out unexpected but welcome reissues, such as the Air Flight Lite II. This model first came back late last year and more colourways have trickled into the market this year.
For the old heads playing at home, they may recognise this shoe as the 1992 classic that made its way to Barcelona for the Summer Games. A pivotal shoe in Nike’s Flight series of the decade, those who experienced them the first time around will recall its low weight and, as its name suggests, flighty on-foot feel.
Sneaker and basketball historians may also recall this being one of the original colourways of the model – though calling it that might be a bit of a misnomer, given its simple black and white execution. Beyond the simple palette, there are plenty of smaller details worth looking at: patterned lining, scattered perforations and red accents. Even the F logo on the midsole has been highlighted white like the OG.
Expect to see the Air Flight Lite II in black and white arrive in coming weeks at Nike retailers.