Verdict from 48 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • A handful of satisfied reviewers praise the overall design of the Jordan Proto-React Z.
  • According to a couple of commenters, the shoe is noticeable despite not being a numbered Jordan.
  • A number of users attest that the shoe fits comfortably on feet.
  • The Jordan Proto-React Z looks even better in person, says a lot of reviewers.
  • Many buyers mention that the shoe can be worn to the gym.
  • A significant number of commenters recommend the triple black colorway for this model. 
  • The Nike Jordan Proto-React Z flatters many casual outfits, as stated by many reviewers.
  • A reviewer also mentions that the snug feels comparable to the Fly-knit from Nike, a notable comfortable shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers complain about the shoe’s upper because it leaves sweat stains. 
  • Several buyers are let down because of the poor durability of the shoe.

Bottom line

With a futuristic design, the Jordan Proto-React Z also contains a hug-like fit that is ideal for all-day wear. Praised for its spacesuit-inspired silhouette, many users also certify that they receive compliments with the shoes. The responsive full-length Nike React foam cushioning provides users speed in a seamless motion.

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Good to know

The Nike Jordan Proto-React Z is available in US men’s sizing. However, women can also cop a pair by getting the right size. Nike React foam, the shoe offers soft underfoot cushioning. Made out of lightweight textile upper, the shoe gives a snug bootie fit. The shoe comes with zippers for a quick on and off. The Velcro strap on the heel provides a secured fit.

The silhouette of the Jordan Proto-React Z is a modified look of the previous Jordan Proto React. Although, the newer version features zipper instead of laces, which gives it a contemporary look. With various colorways available, anyone with different tastes of style can get a pair. 

The shoe is one of those casual sneakers that can make laid-back outfits look stylish and modish. To achieve a casual look with a twist, opt for the Proto-React Z in red with straight-cut denim jeans and a white long sleeve shirt. With the neutral colorways, the shoes can be worn with an oversized black shirt and black fitted jeans for a dapper getup.

With the Spacesuit inspired design of the Jordan Proto-React Z, it also has exceptional comfort. With the Swoosh brand’s responsive cushioning technology, Nike React that gives lightweight bounce and energy return.  This silhouette has upgraded tooling with elements similar to ISPA models from Nike. Comfort, aesthetics, and price point define the shoe.

The premier sportswear brand, Nike, wishes to cater to runners’ needs, a shoe with better cushion and better energy return. The brand gathered the best in-house chemists and engineers to experiment with different proceedings to achieve the ideal shoe for runners. With several trials and errors, they ended up with the Nike React Cushioning technology. 

Launched the technology in 2017, the React technology finally met the said needs by featuring soft and springy soles but, at the same time, has excellent stability. Because of its high energy retention, it is ideal for swift movements and jumping. The first shoes that are blessed with the cushioning are the Nike React Hyper Dunk and the Jordan Superfly 2017. Over the years, the said technology has been implemented in a handful of shoes from the brand, just like Proto-React and its successor, Proto-React Z.

  • Just like other React models, the outsoles contain emphasized textures for great traction.
  • It contains focal zipper embellishments with minimal “JUMPMAN’ branding.


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