Nike‘s Air Flightposite 2 has made an unexpected-but-welcome return to market in an “Eggplant” colorway, following up the OG “Olympic” makeup that released earlier this year. A silhouette created as part of Nike’s Alpha Project — a short-lived but tremendously innovative program that also gave us silhouettes like the Presto and Zoom GP — the Flightposite 2 was sported on NBA courts by bright young stars like Kevin Garnett. It’s since become an important part of Nike Basketball history and is still inherently striking nearly two decades after it first released.
A perfect example of the Swoosh Brand’s future-forward design ethos in the late ’90s-early ’00s, the Flightposite 2 features a hard Foamposite outer shell, secured by a zipper-equipped shroud. This covers the shoe’s inner workings completely, putting forth a mechanical, technical style. Here, the upper takes on the aforementioned “Eggplant” hue — an iridescent mix of purple and bronze originally popularized by the Foamposite One that seems to shift when viewed from different angles. It may be officially referred to as “Dark Purple Dust” this time around, but the effect is unquestionably the same.
Five dots on the lateral forefoot are a tact acknowledgment of the Flightposite 2’s Alpha Project roots, and a Zoom Air hit appears on the toe cap. Swoosh graphics are present on the lateral heel and the collar, with pull tabs, ensuring an easy on/easy off fit. Down below, an icy blue outsole with a carbon fiber midfoot plate and orange detailing complete the look.
The Nike Air Flightposite 2 “Eggplant” is available now at Nike.com. The MSRP is set at $200 USD.