words // Nick DePaula
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I have a few pairs of different PEs. I also have a TON of pairs of Hyperflights. But I don't have this Hyperflight PE -- might not ever, actually -- and for well over a decade it's still been my favorite player pair to ever hit the courts.
You see, this is THE Hyperflight. The shoe has always been one of my favorite designs ever(while simultaneously being one of my least favorite performance shoes...) and it doesn't get more classic than this bold purple base with insanely mailed-in added fontwork.
You might be thinking, "Hey, those aren't much different than what released back in the early 2000's?"
Wrong. The biggest difference is the support bar is actually black on this pair, versus entirely clear, which frames things up infinitely better. Then you have the custom font, which by today's standards (outside of Jordan Brand...) looks juvenile, sure.
That's what made a PE back then though. Even something as simple as "JWILL" down the heel in place of the shoe's standard "Flight" badging meant everything. The awkwardly sized "55" that's probably Courier New or something except...