When Nike‘s Air Flight ‘89 burst onto the scene at the end of the ’80s, the Seattle SuperSonics were laying the groundwork for a climb towards the top of the NBA‘s Western Conference in the ’90s. Now, over three decades later, Nike Basketball performance silhouette turned Nike Sportswear lifestyle favorite and Pacific Northwestern basketball team turned Oklahoma City Thunder have been brought together for an undeniably SuperSonics-friendly style.
5/8 cut uppers are constructed of white leather both smooth and tumbled, and use two different shades for their accents. The first of these is “Forest Green,” which graces throats and tongues alike. The next is “Del Sol,” which coats the high-slung Swooshes, forefoot overlay’s trim and tongue branding. There’s also pops of black on the top and bottom eyestays, tongue branding and heel hits. Although the embellishment is different, the overall shape is somewhat reminiscent of Andre Agassi‘s Air Tech Challenge 2, a NikeCourt classic that debuted a year later in 1990.
If the midsole looks familiar, that’s because it is: it uses the exact same tooling as the Air Jordan 4, a sneaker that the Flight ‘89 released alongside in 1989. This midsole is split between white and black EVA foam, with “Del Sol” appearing on the heel Air unit and toe bumper, while “Forest Green” shows up on the forefoot. Dual-color outsoles round off the look.
The Nike Air Flight ‘89 “Seattle SuperSonics” is available now via Nike Japan, and is priced at $120 USD. A Western release will likely follow in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere in the world of Swoosh Brand throwbacks, Nike Running‘s Air Max Triax 96 has returned in its famed “USA” colorway from the 1996 Olympics.