Nike Zoom Flight 96

Nike Zoom Flight '96 basketball shoe (*originally Nike Air Zoom Flight (2)) debuts fall 1996.

Zoom Flight 96 is the successor, at least in terms of namesake and technologies, to Jason Kidd's Nike Zoom Flight 95, which had debuted a little less than a year prior.  But Kidd moved on to Nike Zoom Flight(/Uptempo) 5 for 1996-97 and never wore the second shoe named 'Air Zoom Flight'.  In fact, the images that other sites might do have labeled as Jason Kidd wearing Zoom Flight 96 are actually the (soon to be) Hall of Fame point guard's Nike Air Flight takedown.  

History remembers Zoom Flight 96 as sort of a Penny Hardaway signature.  Penny wore the OG white/navy colorway en route to Dream Team II's 1996 Olympic gold medal performance.  He didn't wear the OG 'Orlando Magic' colorway in black nubuck, sort of like how Hardaway barely wore the Nike Air Foamposite One with which he's synonymous.

First Zoom Flight 96 retros release in 2008.  Notable among these drops was a House of Exclusive 'JKidd'/'Mavericks' colorway featuring blue/green gradients.  Another round begins late 2014.  Just before the 2014 retros, SNEAKERscholar learned of an unreleased alternate sample OG version (pictured in this gallery).  That scrapped design included an elliptical Swoosh logo on the sides, similar to the one included on Barry Sanders' Nike Air Zoom Turf (another shoe debuting for fall 1996 with a retail price of $125 -- each model the Zoom Air flagship shoe for its respective sport).

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