Back to the design for a minute ... in addition to the completely different, organic form of the shoe, contributing to the alien-like appearance of the Flightposite was the use of iridescent or, as Nike refers to it, phase shift, colors and materials. The first colorway released, as shown in the main image at top, was a combination of metallic gold, silver and black. The gold portion of the shoe “shifts” from gold to a purple-ish green depending on the angle of view. This “phase shift” appearance is employed in all of the many Flightposite colorways (of which there were many—see figure 2 for the white/navy/silver colorway) with the exception of the Niketown exclusive Charcoal colorway (features an upper that looks like carbon fiber), which is perhaps the rarest.
So the lowdown is this: If you’re looking for a hoops shoe that fits like a glove, stops on a dime, and turns people’s heads, the Air Flightposite is the shoe for you. While it’s no longer available, look out for a re-release as a retro in late 2000 and/or early 2001.
Who’s Worn It
Jason Kidd (G- Phoenix Suns), Kevin Garnett (F- Minnesota Timberwolves), Tim Duncan (F- S.A. Spurs), Sean Elliot(G- S.A. Spurs), Allan Houston (G- N.Y. Knicks), Brian Shaw (G- L.A. Lakers)