Nike‘s latest installment of Inside Access takes a look at the Nike Air Maestro Flight I, born in October 1992 and immediately hailed for a number of innovative features, including a lightweight build (just 12 ounces) and a sock-like inner bootie. Released under Nike Basketball’s Flight line, the hardwood shoe was the product of designer Tracy Teague’s vision for a distinctive design stripped of all unnecessary weight and bulk. The resulting exoskeleton construction was equipped with a form-fitting inner bootie, Nike Air cushioning, stabilizing ankle strap and a galactic-inspired traction pattern. The finishing touch — giving the shoe that special “it” factor — was a synthetic leather called Durabuck, which combined with a new Phylon midsole to create an instant classic. NBA players like Scottie Pippen, Ron Harper and John Stockton were drawn to the shoe, but it was Michigan’s Fab Five who were probably most responsible for the shoe’s enduring popularity. You can draw a direct line from current Nike Basketball shoes — like the Nike Zoom HyperRev — to the Nike Air Maestro Flight I. Re-live a bit of basketball history and check out additional images below.