Nike brings back one of its best Scottie Pippen basketball sneakers
Scottie Pippen should get more love for retro sneakers next year with the re-release of the Nike Air Flight Lite Mid.
While none of Pippen’s iconic sneakers – those will come later – the Air Flight Lite Mid was worn by the little Bulls forward during the 91-’92 NBA season and as he adjusted. to the United States’ Dream Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics. A red and white version of the shoe was specially designed for him to wear during the regular season, and this same model will be re-released by Nike in 2022 .
Originally released in high, mid and low versions, the Air Flight Lite was one of the lightest basketball sneakers of its time and featured a plush collar to accompany Air cushioning. A statically patterned interior added a degree of pop with a velvety Swoosh, and while the detail didn’t show up in the original Air Flight Lite run, Nike added Pippen’s own logo to the sockliner to make it live the association.
The start of Pippen’s Nike race – After being drafted by the Bulls in 1987, Pippen alternated between Avias and Nike sneakers until 1991. The Air Flight Lite was the first sneaker he wore when he made a permanent commitment to Nike, and sneakers closely associated with him would include Air Flight. Huarache and Air Max Uptempo.
Pippen’s own line of iconic sneakers debuted in 1996 with the Bull’s second round of three consecutive NBA titles. The Air Pippen 1 took inspiration from the Air Max Uptempo, adding its own zigzag upper with jewel accents. Subsequent models would move away from the stocky figure to become more stylish, with a total of six models coming out before Pippen retired from the NBA.
The return of Pippen’s Air Flight Lite should be greeted by old-school sneaker fans and basketball fanatics steeped in the game’s history. And although a release date has yet to be confirmed , we can expect the sneaker to drop at some point next year for $ 120.