Nike Basketball (1988)

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All of the sneakers pictured here were at the pinnacle of design and technology back in 1988 and 1989. The Air Revolution had me mesmerized from the moment I first saw them in person at a Seton Hall Pirates game at Walsh Gymnasium. The Air Jordan III gets most of the attention as one of the first basketball shoes with a visible air bubble, but you’ll notice the Air Revolution is built on the exact same platform. It doesn’t mean much now, but the red panel on the bottom of the blue shoes just completely set them off. Add the padded ankle collar and Velcro strap and these were every kid’s dream back in the day. They even made exclusive PE’s in orange for Syracuse, as well as green and purple versions for NBA players.

In 1989 Nike dropped the Air Flight and Solo Flight sneakers which were also mind-blowing to me when I saw them on television. Mark Jackson rocked the Knicks colored Solo Flights while the Air Flights were seen all over the NBA and NCAA. Athlete’s Foot stores even had limited edition neon splatter print versions which you can search for on Google.

* I have to add this note on 10-14-14 that the Air Flight is built on the Air Jordan IV platform similar to the Air Revolution and Air Jordan III.

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