July 19, 2010 BY John Kim
The Nike Air Python was originally released in 1987 following the introduction of the Air Jordan II in 1986. Both the Air Python and Jordan II shared a similar design, but what separated the two was the use of snakeskin leather on the upper and tongue. The Air Python was not shy about using the material, as you can snakesking wrapped around the heel and was placed on the upper quarter as well as the span of the entire tongue. The premium quality of the materials combined with the jaw-dropping design of the shoe definitely turned heads during an era dominated by Nike Force and emergence of Nike Flight, but like the Air Jordan line, the Nike Air Python was meant to stand out from the pack.
The Air Python has never seen a retro and to say another is headed our way would be wishful thinking at best, but this size 9 pair on eBay has held up astoundingly well over its 23 years in existence. The condition of the shoe is a testament to the superb quality of the shoes used at that time. While we may never see a retro – the closest thing we got was the Air Jordan II (2) Premio with the crocskin – you can still add these to your vintage Nike collection by checking out this auction from b.!.z. on eBay.