Out Now: Nike Air Hoop Structure FA
From running inspired to now featuring Flywire.
words_Nick Engvall When I first saw the Hoop Structure early last year, the first reaction came from the purist in me that was offended that Nike would take one of my favorite running silhouettes, the Structure '91, and create a basketball silhouette mimicking its design. No matter how much you hear "imitation is the greatest form of flattery," it doesn't seem to help. Jordan fans can likely relate, as the Fusions are a perfect example. Once I saw the "Olympic" and "Hot Red" versions in person though, I realized the paneling and overlay details that I like so much from the running silhouette looked pretty good on the basketball version.The white and navy with subtle red is a classic colorway and definitely convinced me that using old style in a new form isn't always a bad thing. Now a couple new colorways are out at retailers like Eastbay. One in a simple primarily black colorway, and a second in a White and Club Purple makeup. Nike has now lightened the weight of the Hoop Structure with the help of Flywire infused side panels in these two new FA versions. The Flywire on the sides seem to fit the silhouette even better than the overlay panels that it replaces, and Nike has left the always popular translucent additions to the outsole. Despite how some of the other retro inspired models have panned out, whether it's on court or just on the street, it looks like Nike got it right with these.