11 Defining Moments in Nike’s Lightweight Basketball Shoes

Nike Air Flight Lite II

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Released: 2001
Weight: 13.5 oz

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Yes, Nike also dubbed this model the Air Flight II. While most of Nike Basketball’s creations feature polyurethane (PU) and/or Phylon in the midsole, Nike first introduced the lightweight Phylite material on this Nike Air Flight Lite II. Phylite is lighter than the aforementioned technologies, but is not as durable and dense. The Nike Air Flight Lite II was also one of the first technology-driven Nike Basketball shoes to intrigue enthusiast off of its unique, outer design cues alone.? Its predominately mesh-constructed base is also credited for its lightweight build, along with its TPU-based anti-inversion device on the lateral and medial sides. The Nike Air Flight Lite II was released as part of the Nike’s Alpha Project Series and players such as Dennis Rodman laced this shoe up during the 2001-2002 NBA season.