Keep it simple, stupid. That’s definitely what Nike had in mind when designing Gary Payton’s first signature, the Zoom Flight “The Glove.” In the mid to late ’90s when enormous Air Max units were popping, The Glove went a vastly different route in the design of his on-court kicks.
Before lion heads on the Lebrons, before snake textures on Kobes, there was the almighty Nike Zoom Flight 98, one of the first signatures that accurately depicted the nickname of the athlete. From a style standpoint, these joints are way more versatile than they’re given credit for. Zipped up you can go for the sleek and dynamic athletic look. Unzipped you can let some color from the monkey paw pop and add some accents to your wardrobe. A forest green outline on the swoosh on the shroud would have been nice but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Kudos to Nike for not completely butchering a classic for many enthusiasts.
While these sat on the shelves for a minute when they first dropped in 1998, you can expect them to do much better this time around (anti-shoutout to hypebeasts and resellers). The previously released black/white/red version sold out online at most major retailers pretty quickly so if you’re already saving up for some crazy Black Friday deals, set aside some extra bread for these when they drop on November 22.
Previously: Coming Attractions: Nike Zoom Flight “The Glove”
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