Nike Air Presto Fly

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Nike‘s original Air Presto model was first introduced in 2000, during the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Fans of the popular athletic wear brand were taken not only by this new model’s extraordinary level of comfort but also by its eye-catching colorways. It has since become one of the brand’s most famous releases and has been the subject of many special editions and collaborations. One of the more well-received versions of this model is the Air Presto Fly running shoe. Though certain changes had to be made, including a swapping out of color schemes and the removal of its supportive midfoot cage, runners still love its cushiony and comfortable wear. It’s just as fit for a long shift at work or a full day or errands as it is for a run or while out at the gym.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Fits true to size

-Breathable comfort

-Easy to pull on and off

-Lightweight feel

-Multiple color options

Cons

-Lacks durability

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We have spent 4 hours analyzing a total of 800 reviews.

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Positive
  • I did not have to break these pillows in. They are the most comfortable Nikes I have ever owned. I walk hours in these daily and never have any foot pain or back pain.
  • When it came to the comfort and support of the shoe, it is top of the line and near perfect. The problem I have with it is the tongue. Where the tongue should be, is up too high and was really getting on my nerves.
  • They are a little hard to get on but I have wider than normal feet. They break in very well and are extremely comfortable. They fit very true to size.
  • Very light and attractive athletic sneaker. They go with anything. I purchased these in a smaller size than I normally would for a running shoe and it fit right. They feel really nice on my feet and I would recommend them to most anyone looking for a light and comfortable shoe.
  • I got these a half size smaller than my other Nikes. They have great arch support and are very light. They are really snug but not crushing my feet. Great shoe.
  • These really absorb the impact from the pavement. They are really jazzy and look good with everything. They fit perfect and are really comfortable.
  • Be careful with the mesh. If it snags, it will tear easily. They breathe well and clean up pretty easy. They are light and look great, I love the colors. These are a really basic, simple, comfortable shoe. They also fit perfect to sizing.
  • I was looking for something stylish that would support me well t work because I have had surgery on both of my achilles. They both ache very much but these shoes have been a blessing. They are supportive, light and comfy all day, just what I needed.
  • I was happy that I was able to put these in the washer and they didn’t lose integrity. They look brand new. They are very comfy and light and I love the colors and style.
  • These are more for people with narrow feet. The tongue is attached or non-existent, so they are a bit rough getting on at first. I bought these shoes for fashion because they are so nice looking. They are comfortable as well as long as you can figure out how to slide them on easier.
  • These are rounder in the toe than my other Nikes and it helps with the fit. They snug my feet without crushing my toes. They are good for mild workouts and strolling around town.
  • They so light and very comfortable. They come a bit high up on the ankles for those fo you who have cankles, this might be a struggle.
  • I’m very happy with my new shoes. They are really snug and fit great without too much pressure. They have a nice and fashionable design. Simple comfortable shoe and I am pleased.
  • I feel like I have a bag of air around my feet they are so light. They are a perfect shoe in my opinion and so very comfortable.
  • The arches are what sold me on these. They are so supportive and the shoe is snug. The green is more of a forest green unlike the river rock color they say it is. Really damn good shoe from Nike. I was getting worried.
  • So light and extra comfortable. They fit like a glove on my feet and are so freaking light , it is magical. I cannot express that enough.
  • I have a left smaller foot and these were actually ok. I mean I never can find a perfect shoe for this reason, but they are comfortable and fit pretty amazing otherwise.
  • These have proven to be great recovery shoes. After a game, I put these on and I feel heavenly. Such a great after support shoe and fit good with swelling.
  • These seem a bit long from the looks but they felt amazing. They are so light and have a great arch support for my flat feet. I am digging the colors and style too. I feel I can wear these anywhere
  • These shoes feel amazing on and they have a really nice color too them, better than they looked in the photos. They have a little break in time to them due to the tighter fit but they break in well.
  • Whoever designed this shoe did it right. They are great shoes and really fit like they are supposed to.
  • I am able to wear these all day and walk and walk and walk, and I never have any pain or issues. They are so light and keep me feeling fresh.
  • I am so surprised at the quality compared to some of the Nikes that have been coming out lately. They fit right and are so comfortable and vibrant. Great shoe and I recommend them highly.
  • These run narrow but you could probably go down size if you do have narrow feet. They are superb shoes and keep my feet feeling great all day. Super arch support and super comfort. Great shoe Nike.
Negative
  • I hate the no tongue thing. I am not able to adjust the shoe properly. The laces are a fashion thing because they are useless.. The mesh is airy but is slumpy and gives no protection. It rips really easily as well.solely a fashion shoe.
  • They did some major no-nos to this shoe. They have no midsole compound and they have no insoles. These have zero cushioning. They breathe exceptionally well but this has made them less than desirable when wanting durability. This is just a shoe to look at, has no purpose.
  • These come up too high and cause pressure and rubbing on my ankles. Not a good thing. I do not recommend.
  • After 2 months, the sole is falling apart. Some parts have worn all the way down, leaving the shoe unusable. So bad, no durability.
  • These serve no purpose. They had zero stability and cushioning.
  • I cannot believe how narrow these are. I am so disappointed because they looked great.
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Of the 800 reviews we found in total, 15% were negative, and 85% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

As the name suggests, the Air Presto Fly is outfitted with an Air-Sole unit that doubles as both an outsole and a midsole. Unlike the original model, rubber pods are fixed onto the heel and forefoot areas to ensure greater durability and traction. Its tread pattern features curved squared gripping lugs, greatly resembling a waffle iron or keyboard, to give the runner strong traction and permit a comfortable amount of flexibility.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

As stated before, the Air Presto Fly’s midsole and outsole are the exact same feature. This foam material Air-Sole unit is made with Nike Air cushioning technology. It’s engineered to be just as durable as it is comfortable, retaining its original shape even after being compressed upon impact. It also gives a significant amount of energy transfer, which makes this material perfect for use during sports, workouts, or long distance runs. But reviewers unanimously agree that it’s the cushiony comfort this feature provides that makes it perfect for everyday casual wear.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Air Presto Fly features the brand’s trademarked Flyknit stretch mesh upper. Lightweight and comfortable, this material adapts completely to the foot’s shape while still permitting completely natural movement. Though the original model came with a prominent midfoot cage, this has been removed for the release to give the shoe a sleeker appearance. A synthetic heel clip, toe bumper, and overlays in the shape of Nike’s logo are present to provide needed structure. These may not be enough, as several consumers have noticed that the upper does wear and tear over a short period of time. Just like the original model, a tongue has been swapped out for a padded collar and pull tab that allows for much easier insertion. Instead of a traditional lacing system, Flywire cables make up the shoe’s eyelets for a more secure and customized fit.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Reviews indicate that the Air Presto Fly feels much lighter than it actually is. Online retailers indicate that men’s sizes average out at 11 oz, while women’s round out at 9 oz. This seems a bit bulky to most consumers, and they wouldn’t be entirely wrong considering that this is actually on the higher side of average for a casual running shoe. Still, thanks to the careful engineering of its individual parts, this shoe has been designed to be as lightweight as possible without lacking any cushioning or support.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

While it may not provide much in terms of durability, this model’s Flyknit upper still ranks high when it comes to a breathable wear. While giving secure support, this sock-like material also allows for all over ventilation that keeps the runner feeling cooler and drier throughout the day. As a result, the risk of irritations and infections caused by excessive sweating is greatly reduced. Many reviewers enthusiastically agree that it enhances their comfort level significantly.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

There’s a very good reason why the Air Presto Fly has been nicknamed the “t-shirt for the foot” since its initial release in 2000. No matter which other features are included in this model’s special editions and re-releases, its high level of comfort and cushioning is always its greatest selling point with consumers. This is thanks entirely to the combination of its Air-Sole unit, with Air cushioning technology, and the adaptable Flyknit upper. Because both features can easily move along with the foot while still retaining their natural shapes, runners feel no resistance and are kept free from blisters and irritation. A large number of reviewers have compared the wear of this model to the feeling of socks and slippers. They also state that it’s perfect for use during jobs that require many hours of standing.
Style
Style

Style

For the most part, the Air Presto Fly has kept the same general look as its original release. The most obvious difference is the removal of the plastic and TPU midfoot cage, which provides this shoe with a much more streamlined appearance. A padded collar and pull tab take the place of a traditional tongue, which reviewers state makes it much easier and quicker to put on. Instead of a typical set of eyelets, Flywire cables make up the lacing system for added security and a more customized fit. Though black, white, and grey options are available to both men and women, some gender-based color options are also available. Dark blue is available to men, while pink and light purple are offered in women’s sizes.
Durability
Durability

Durability

There is very little information that details how durable the Air Presto Fly’s Air-Sole unit is. Yet considering that it doubles as an outsole, and is engineered to retain its shape even after heavy usage, it can be assumed that it’s quite sturdy. The rubber pods that cover certain parts of its outsole strengthen it further, while its Flyknit upper, on the other hand, is another matter. The original model was outfitted with a distinct plastic and TPU midfoot cage to maintain its shape and provide added protection. While its removal for this version may be unrelated, reviewers have noticed how easily the mesh material can tear after only a few months of use.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Because it was intended more for casual running and everyday wear, the Air Presto Fly is not a very protective shoe. It has very little structure or safeguarding qualities, and the upper material is not engineered to be waterproof. A synthetic toe bumper at the front does shield against rough surfaces. And the combination of the heel clip, padded collar, and Flywire lacing system ensure that the foot is kept securely in place. Its cushioning does serve some protective purposes, reducing the likelihood of chronic pain. Furthermore, its breathable upper keeps possible infections and irritations at bay.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Part of what makes the Air Presto Fly such a comfortable running shoe is its high level of responsiveness, thanks mostly to its Air-Sole unit. It features high levels of shock absorption and energy transfer, bringing an enhanced spring to each step. It’s also engineered to be quite resilient, retaining its shape even after being bent and compressed by the runner’s movements. Both of these qualities make it especially useful to those who play basketball. Even the Flyknit upper has a responsive nature to it, conforming entirely to the foot’s individual shape and moving along with it throughout the runner’s activities.
Support
Support

Support

Due to the removal of its midfoot cage, the Air Presto Fly offers much less support than the original model. Only a heel clip and the brand’s synthetic logo on either side are present. As a result, several reviewers have claimed that the upper could no longer retain its original shape after a few months of use. However, it did not seem to impact the overall fit of the shoe. Thanks to careful engineering, its Flyknit mesh material wraps around the foot securely while still permitting natural movement. In addition, the shape of the collar and the padding it supplies can provide the ankles with a great deal of support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Considering its lack of durability or protective features, it goes without saying that the Air Presto Fly is only intended for use on everyday surfaces. Though the rubber pods located on its heel and forefoot do offer some security, they would be quite useless on more rugged outdoor terrains. Furthermore, the Flyknit upper will tear very easily when worn through harsh environments and cannot safeguard the foot against wet and rainy conditions. Even when the original model’s midfoot cage was present, these same issues were very much present.
Price
Price

Price

At just $100 across all online retailers, the Air Presto Fly has proven itself to be quite reasonably priced. It’s along the same level as other re-releases by Nike and Adidas and may even be more worth the cost considering this shoe’s minimal updates and the comfort it provides. However, the occasional complaint about its upper’s lack of durability may scare some out of paying full price. Fortunately for them, a number of reputable listings on Amazon and eBay sell this model at a significantly reduced cost.
Traction
Traction

Traction

Because online reviews focus so heavily on this shoe’s level of comfort, very little attention is paid to how well its traction is. However, it did show signs of improvement from the original release. The inclusion of rubber pods on its forefoot and heel have enhanced its grip and allowed the shoe to perform better on uneven surfaces. It is still not recommended for use on rough terrains, and no information can detail how well it functions on wet surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Aside from being an extremely comfortable piece of footwear, the Air Presto Fly is also designed to allow the runner to feel as unrestricted as possible. Its Air-Sole unit can easily bounce back to its original shape after being bent and compressed by the wearer’s movements. This is aided further by the outsole’s waffle iron tread pattern and deep flex grooves. Yet it’s the Flyknit upper that truly lets the runner feel free as it fits around the foot’s shape just like a sock and adapts to its every motion.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Air Presto Fly has lost some of the stability that was present in its original release. This is due to Nike removing the midfoot cage in order to modernize and clean up its overall look. Its synthetic heel clip, toe bumper, and overlays are still present, providing the shoe with the small amount of necessary structure. Padding around its collar and the Flywire-based lasing system are the only other features that ensure the runner’s foot is kept in place.
Drop
Drop

Drop

Though there is no online information that details the height of the Air Presto Fly’s heel-to-toe drop, consumers can draw a reasonable conclusion just by looking at product photographs. The average drop height of a running shoe is 10mm, and online photos show an obvious similarity between this model and shoes with this exact feature.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Nike Air-Sole unit acts as both an outsole and midsole
-Rubber compound pods cover the outsole area and provide durable traction
-Air cushioning technology for high levels of comfort and support
-Flyknit upper provides breathable support
-Midfoot cage is removed for a sleeker look
-Flywire cables allow a secure and customized fit
-Neutral and gender-based color options
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The original Air Presto was heavily marketed as being a "t-shirt for the foot," and this more modern re-release definitely lives up to that reputation. Thanks to the pliable cushioning of its Air-Sole unit and the breathable sock-like fit provided by its Flyknit upper, the Air Presto Fly is an incredibly comfortable and streamlined shoe that pairs well with different types of casual clothes and athletic wear. Some changes to this shoe may or may not have been for the best, such as the removal of the first model's midfoot cage. Yet as long as buyers are aware of the shoe's intended purpose and know how to properly maintain it, it could be a staple in anyone's wardrobe for years to come.