Who should buy the Jordan Proto-React Z

This sneaker is a great pick if:

  • You are a fan of a high-cut shoe with a sporty style
  • You want a shoe with good grip as this model has an outsole that contains emphasized textures for great traction

Jordan Proto-React Z logo

Size and fit

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 a 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.

Jordan Proto-React Z upper

Modified look of Jordan Proto-React Z

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

Jordan Proto-React Z zipper1

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.

Proto-React Z features

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 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.

Jordan Proto-React Z midsole

Jordan Proto-React Z history

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.

Jordan Proto-React Z name

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 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.

Jordan Proto-React Z outsole

Nice to know

  • It contains focal zipper embellishments with minimal “JUMPMAN’ branding.

Jordan Proto-React Z zipper embossed with name

Facts / Specs

Base model: Jordan Proto-React
Style: Sporty, Futuristic
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Closure: Laces, Strap, Zipper
Material: Rubber Sole, Nylon, Neoprene / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.