the Air Zoom BB is Nike’s proposal to a growing segment of “positionless” athletes looking for an all-around shoe in this new era of basketball. Mesh upper construction sheds weight, while still offering durability via its LeBron 17-like textured pattern. Padding at the tongue and collar provides not only comfort, but also a lockdown fit crucial for avoiding ankle sprains. As impressive as these details are, this model’s most notable feature is undoubtedly the combination of React and Air Zoom.
Neither proprietary technology is new to Nike Basketball, but they’ve never been combined as they are on this upcoming silhouette. Exposed triple-stacked foam underneath the heel offers the soft, responsive sensation previously seen across the brand’s running products. Underneath the forefoot, two Air Zoom units take care of energy return and are concealed in molding that lays out this model’s winning formula: “react x3 + (ZOOM x2).” As this is a performance model, a multi-directional rubber outsole completes the design.