Who should buy the Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2

Just like the original GT Cut, this shoe is part of a trio of shoes that target different key basketball functions. The Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2 is most suited for the following:

  • people who play really low to the ground
  • players who are shifty and do a lot of quick footwork
  • wearers who appreciate a snug, one-to-one fit

Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe from Nike

The Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2 is not for players who love shoes that deliver high levels of support and lockdown. The Nike LeBron Soldier 14 and the rest of the LeBron Soldier releases are good alternatives.

This performance shoe from Nike Basketball is also not great for those who do not like bottom-heavy picks. The Nike KD 15 and the Nike PG 6 are lighter options.

Truly built for shifty footwork

"You can get super creative with your footwork," says an expert. He says further that the upper materials, the way the cushioning system is configured, and even the traction are all geared toward shiftiness and motion. Because of this, it must be noted that other key basketball functions are not given as much attention.  This expert says that the Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2 is "meant much more for footwork, not so much for an air assault" or jumping.

Plush but with so-so energy return

Now that we are at it, let's just slide right in and talk about jumps and how the cushioning system aids (or hampers with) them. The cushioning system of this shoe ensures a "very plush ride," an expert shares. He is so happy with his experience that he gives this shoe a 10/10 as far as the cushioning system is concerned!

However, another avid reviewer points out a glaring issue in this otherwise amazing setup: the shoe cannot jump high. According to him, this is because the Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2 "does not move as one unit." What does this mean? While the drop-in midsole and the malleable upper bestow comfort and more freedom, they also result in unnecessary shifts during strikes and takeoffs.

Court feel is OK, though!

When it comes to court feel, there seem to be no problems. Players say that they are able to feel the courts well. They also have more control as they do several kinds of basketball footwork.

Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2: Grip that you can trust

As long as the outsole rubber gets the warming up that it needs, an expert observes that it is able to "grip every surface pretty much equally." He added that the traction patterns sculpted in the outsole are truly "meant for fluid footwork." Another expert agrees, saying that this shoe does a "great job of biting the floor," especially when they are clean and dust-free. 

Experience breathability and comfort in this shoe

Because the "upper is a little bit more expandable," it does not feel constricting at all according to an avid reviewer of basketball shoes. He adds that because the upper has more give, it is able to accommodate different foot shapes and sizes. Another expert shares that the materials used in the upper are "really breathable" and really feel nice on the foot.

The GT Cut 2 is bottom-heavy

According to an expert, there is "so much stuff" at the bottom part of the shoe. He feels like much of the shoe's weight is concentrated in that area. He says that players who do a lot of runs may not have that much fun while wearing the Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2. 

Foot containment may not be optimal

Sometimes, having a comfortable and malleable upper has its price. For the Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2, having such an upper meant that support is not at its most ideal. While it's not totally absent, players definitely feel the upper swaying with their movements, especially when they start to get more intense and aggressive.

Special shoutout to the strong laces

An expert can't help but notice that the laces of the GT Cut 2 are "super strong." He does not have problems with them getting untied during motion. 

Enjoy the 1-to-1 fit of the Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2

A reviewer says that everyone, save for those with really wide feet, can go true to size. Another expert adds that when worn, the Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut 2 is "not as narrow and constricting" as he expected. Still, he says that this is still not spacious enough to accommodate add-ons such as orthotics. Hence, the GT Cut 2 has to be worn as is or there's a risk of it being "like a balancing pagoda."

Facts / Specs

Weight: 12.5oz
Top: Low
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air, Nike Air Zoom GT, Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut
Colorways: White
SKUs: DJ6015101

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.