Many would argue that Penny Hardaway has the second best signature line of shoes behind only Michael Jordan. Today, we take a look at the one shoe that links these two shoe legends together – the “Black/White” Nike Air Flight One. Releasing today for $120 at House of Hoops by Foot Locker, select Foot Locker stores and Footlocker.com, the Air Flight One has a significant place in sneaker history, as the only game MJ wore another players’ shoes in history.
After a stellar first season with the Magic, Penny was suddenly thrust into the spotlight as the face of Nike Basketball thanks to MJ’s (first) retirement. During the 1994-95 season, Penny debuted the Air Flight One, the unofficial first sneaker in his signature line. Although the shoe did actually have his name on it nor the traditional Penny “One Cent” logo, the shoe did have has jersey number on the heel tab, although that could be misconstrued as being an extension of the shoe’s name. Later on that season, Jordan returned to the league and debuted the legendary Air Jordan XI during the 1995 NBA Playoffs; however, the NBA was not about to let him wear the “Concord” colorway for Game 3 of their series against Penny and the Magic because it did not match his team’s black shoes. In a last second switch, Jordan opted to wear Penny’s Air Flight One, although he famously cut off the “1″ on the heel tabs. Jordan would go on to score 40 points in a loss for the Bulls but the game lives in infamy as the only time he wore another players’ shoes in a game.
Although we’ve seen other colorways retroed on this silhouette, the original black/white colors remain widely popular because of its unique place in sneaker history. You can pick up a pair starting today at House of Hoops by Foot Locker, select Foot Locker stores and Footlocker.com for $120. Find more photos and a link to buy after the jump, and let us know if you’ll be picking up a pair and where you think this shoe ranks in sneaker history.