Nike Air Flight Lite catalog pic via Sneaker Freaker Shoe Museum
A little while after I got the Nike Air Maestro Flight for my grade 8 basket ball season, I needed a secondary pair (my Maestros were delegated strictly for team practice and school games) for other outside activities. Of course my other pair would have to be cheap compared to the $130 Maestros, so once again mom comes through with some more skilled bargain hunting (yo, I learned from the best). Last time she came home with some clearance shoes it was a pair of wild style, crazy colorful Nike Boltoro’s (see Memory Lane 4
for more details) but this time she brought back a pair of Nike AIr Flight Lite High, the white/navy/red color. They were pretty damn ill, I thought the clear part on the out sole was really fresh (until it yellowed with heavy use that is). They were already a year or so old, and hit the clearance rack at Foot Locker. I liked them but since I was used to more light weight, mid-cut styles such as the Maestro and Huarache Flight, they felt bulky when trying to play ball in them (might have been a half size too big, can’t remember). I mainly used to sport them on some everyday type of shoe, an addition to my small rotation. In the summer I wore them with these thick red soccer socks, all slouched down, part of my grade 8 steelo hahaha. (I have a pic of me playing tennis in these shoes, I will unearth it and many others and post them in the future, they are too damn funny!)
Sidney Deane rocking the Nike Air FLight Lite High in the movie White Men Can't Jump
Another thing of note in regards to these shoes and the fact I got them a year or so after their initial release is that the movie White Men Can’t Jump came out that year (1992). In the film, Wesley Snipes’ character “Sidney Deane” rocks the Air Flight Lite High, and when I first watched it when it came out, that got me extra stoked on them and made them extra legit to me somehow hahaha. Anyways, I ended up loving those shoes even though initially I found them a bit bulky and outdated with the super high cut, I liked sporting them around and people used to geek on them. I eneded up losing them in a gym locker room after shooting some hoops, can’t remember if they were stolen or I just plain forgot them in a locker, either way they were gone!
crappy camphone pic of my OG flight lite lows
Fast-forward to the mid 2000’s when I first started feeling real nostalgic about my sneakers, and these were atop my list of must haves to repossess in my collection (along with the black/white Maestro Flight). This was before the reissues, so I was constantly looking for OG pairs. I almost scored a few pairs here and there but never had any luck until finally I managed to get some OG Flight Lite Lows in the white/purple colorway! I never thought Nike would bring these back, but they did (well not in this exact colorway but close enough) and I think they probably sold pretty well, returning during a time of increasing popularity towards the super high-tops in the past few years. I got a pair of the white/black/red Flight Lite High retro, but I think these days I prefer wearing the low version.
Anybody else remember having these back in the day? Did anybody cop the retros, and if so how do you think they compare to the originals? Y’all like White Men Can’t Jump?? Leave us some comments…