The Nike Zoom Ultraflight is still one of my favorite sneakers of all time. Back when they released in 2003, I was in middle school, picking up Slam magazines whenever I could, and saving magazines that had either my favorite player on the cover, or a pair of shoes that I wanted listed towards the back of the magazine. It was around this time that I started to notice sneakers and especially the sneakers that basketball players were wearing. This was a page-stopper for me, a pair of shoes that a “Famous Footwear Only”, DSW Warehouse hunting kid could only dream about having.
Super soft leather upper with a clear TPU heel, the Monkey Paw like support, and the mesh inner bootie bringing another level of lockdown and comfort, is brought together with my favorite cushioning, full-length Zoom with an extra unit in the heel. And that outsole design makes for the coolest patterns in the snow (which is all I see and walk on right now in Jersey/Pennsylvania)
Gary Payton was the most notable Nike Basketball athlete, to my knowledge, to have laced up this model. My favorite of his PEs is the Milwaukee Bucks mockup, with the Bucks purple covering the main part of the heel part, and the dark green accent. Not only did Gary Payton have a few colorways, but Lebron James, who had a plethora of Nike Basketball PE’s in high school, had his own mock up of the sneaker as well.
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I am extremely fortunate enough to have a pair of these now, in all black, and also have a chance to purchase a white and blue pair as well. The look of the sneaker was out of this world, much like all the other Alpha Project sneakers, but the heel portion of this sneaker is what puts the sneaker over top for me. The clear TPU heel, with the full-length Zoom air unit, double stacked in the heel for comfort, and the inner bootie that keeps you locked into the shoe, and gives you the feeling of wearing really bouncy socks.
I really hate the term “grail”, but these are a pair of sneakers that I absolutely love and I always look for pairs in my size on eBay. I’ll give you all a closer look at the Zoom Ultraflights in the near future, maybe in a week or so…
What was your favorite Alpha Project sneaker? Hit me up on Twitter @misterhype_ and let’s chop it up!