20 Nike Basketball Designs that Changed the Game: Nike Air Flightposite

I have always wanted a pair of Flightposites and still haven’t been able to obtain a pair… at least I know the inspiration behind them now.

“We were setting out to create a seamless extension of your body.”- Eric Avar

Where does the body end and the shoe begin? The Nike Air Flightposite succeeded in surprising the audience with a progressive dose of unfamiliarity that felt comfortable and strangely familiar. Its sleek, biomechanical shape communicated a certain level of humanity.

The Nike Air Flightposite’s lead designer, Eric Avar recalls, “There were several concept cars out at the time that had a fluid, organic feel. We built off a similar idea that the shoe should be an extension of your foot versus this mechanical, cold ‘thing’.”

In line with that offbeat appearance, it’s unsurprising that the main reference point is equally unexpected — the figure drawings and anatomy of a 17th-century British artist, reflecting the rich range of physical and engineered influences at work.

In the quest for biomechanic streamlining, even laces were replaced by a zipper to emphasize a seamless fluidity. The wearer, the shoe and even the sole all merged into one for a holistic look and feel like never before. “Ultimately we designed a sock around your foot that would give you the support, security and protection that you would need. Every line mattered.”

In the years that followed, the Foam and Flightposite systems would be explored further — proof of the restless, perfectionist, reductionist minds operating in the Nike Innovation Kitchen.




  1. as a happy owner of the original Flightposite, I could tell you these are awsome!
    traction is not bad, cushioning is same old zoom. At that time they were the top of the line so you can expect best material.fit-wise it takes time to break it, but a bit weak on ankle support (not “bad” but ok) .Two mesh holes didn’t do much, since the boots inside are pretty think, blocking most of the air-flow.
    only thing to complain is if you zip up to the top, the zipper rub against my feet.
    What I like the most is they are low profile, court feel is excellent.

    1. ok i went exam them further, found out both the forefoot and heel zoom bags are actually on the in sole. Don’t know it actually good or bad thing.

  2. i have a pair of the original but i bought them when i was young and havent worn them in a long long time so the sole rubberized and when i wore them again it cracked open =[…anyone know how to repair/restore it?

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