11 Defining Moments in Nike’s Lightweight Basketball Shoes

Nike Hyperflight

Released: 2001
Weight: 13.7 oz

The Nike Hyperflight, designed by Eric Avar, was a revolutionary sneaker in terms of lightweight capacity and design; however, this shoe was a great example of being beautiful on the outside and ugly on the inside. The Nike Hyperflight was often criticized in areas of fit, cushioning and stability. Its well-received, shiny, synthetic upper was an element considered ‘before its time’; yet, many performance characteristics were stripped away for this design cue. Nonetheless, it is one of the most recognizable shoes ever created by Nike. Players such as Jason Williams and Damon Stoudamire laced this shoe up in the early 2000s.