Quick History Of Jason Kidd’s Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 + Buy It Now

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In today’s sneaker climate, it seems as if every celebrity or professional athlete have their own signature shoe line with a major athletic company. Back in the early 1990s, NBA superstar Jason Kidd was one of the first players to receive his own signature sneakers from Nike. His Zoom Air Flight 95s were a hit with basketball fans and sneakerheads alike, and remain a popular choice among collectors to this day. In this  post, we’ll take a look at the history of Jason Kidd’s Nike Zoom Air Flight 95 sneakers.

Before The Beginning Of The Nike Air Zoom Flight 95

Jason Kidd was the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year when the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft in 1994. Kidd averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 assists, and 7.7 rebounds per game as a rookie, but he was unable to lead the Mavericks to the playoffs that season. In that same season, he was voted NBA Rookie of the Year alongside Grant Hill, and appeared in his first All-Star game in San Antonio the following year. At the time, Nike already had his airness Michael Jordan as its top signee, but the brand recognized Jason Kidd as another bright athlete who could be a sales catalyst for the business in terms of basketball sneakers. One thing must remain at the back of our minds at all times. The 1990s were definitely basketball’s golden age, and I’m biased because I grew up during that time. The bulls were on top, and being able to put on a pair of signature sneakers was linked with being one with the athlete (at least in our heads). Reselling wasn’t the target; the narrative and backstory were important, and most of the players at the time came from lowly circumstances, allowing fans to identify with them. That’s mainly why basketball sneakers were so coveted.

Nike offered Jason Kidd the Air Zoom Flight 95, after he shared Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill during the 1994-1995 season. This was the first shoe to incorporate Nike’s innovative full-length Zoom Air cushioning system, which delivered outstanding comfort and responsiveness. Given J. Kidd’s position as a point guard, the shoe was largely designed for speed. Carbon fiber synthetic materials are used in the uppers for lightness and durability, while the zoom air unit delivers responsive cushioning. The massive pods on the sides of the shoes give stability and grip, allowing the player to move around freely. Nike didn’t trade style for performance; the aesthetic shouts the 1990s and all of the sentimental memories that come with it. Several colorways of the Zoom Flight 95’s have been released over the past ten years but there’s nothing like the original colorway, see picture below

Nike Air Zoom Flight 95 Jason Kidd

This is a picture of the original pair that was dropped in 1995. Because of the side bubbles, the Nike Zoom Flight 95 has a number of nicknames, including Bug Eyes and Grasshoppers. Nike also dropped several other colorways including some PE’s see pictures below courtesy of Footlocker

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Reintroducing The Zoom Flight 95 In 2022

The Zoom Flight 95, which was last seen in 2015 to commemorate its 20th anniversary, will return in 2022 in its original colorway. The color palette is Black, White, and Metallic Silver. The Black nubuck upper on this Air Zoom Flight 95 is accented with carbon fiber in the White Zoom rings that go from the midsole to the sidewalk. The design is completed by Zoom Air cushioning, Swoosh branding at the ankle and toe box, and a traditional lace-up clasp.

Color: Black/White-Metallic Silver
Style Code: DM0523-001
Release Date: TBA
Price: $160

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