Nike Air Flight 89 Connects Its Past and Future
A silhouette that bridges two eras.
The late ’80s was a unique time for basketball and the sneakers it created. It was the bridge between two eras, the beginning of modern basketball as we know it today. The gods of the ’80s successfully passed the torch, or depending how you see it—relinquished it, to their successors. That principle was then embodied in the silhouettes that came out of that epoch. Such was the providence of the Air Flight 89, released in—as you guessed it—1989.
The pair carries the DNA of its predecessors: the weighty appearance, the layered construction, etc., while creating a new design language and incorporating the newly-discovered science of shoes, setting the tone for sneaker design in the decade to come, and introduce a new level of performance tech into footwear.
This iteration limits itself into a trifecta of colors: white, black, and red. White taking up most of the upper and its leather construction. Red divvy up across its parts accenting some of the shoes more minute components: on the “AIR” text on the head of the tongue, the eyelets top and bottom, as well as the lining on the midguard. Black, lastly, permeates the Swooshes, the sock lining, and the sole unit underneath.
There’s no release date yet but it is suspected to come with a price tag of US$120.
While retro silhouettes will always be revered, Nike should always be forward-thinking enough if they want to be the ones to usher the world into the modern era of design. Check out the Nike Offline 3.0 “Black/Ghost Green”, a modern footwear for the modern age.