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  • Top

    High-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

    Mid-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

    Low-Top

    Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

  • Lockdown
    Lace-Up

    Strap

    Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

    Lace-Up

    Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

    Slip-On

    Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

  • Price
    $90
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75 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 71 / 100 | The Sole Brothers

    Can it compete with other basketball shoes within its price range? The answer is no, there are many shoes on the market that perform much better and are either cheaper or only slightly more expensive.

  • 89 / 100 | Fresh Pair PH

    On a side note, this could double as a running shoe for me, but that's another story for another day.

  • 66 / 100 | WearTesters

    The Nike Zoom Ascention is SO FAR behind other shoes in this general price range that it CANNOT be recommended.

  • 89 / 100 | Fresh Pair PH

    On a side note, this could double as a running shoe for me, but that's another story for another day.

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Profile of the Nike Zoom Ascention

The Zoom Ascention is another budget model for basketball from Nike. It was released in early 2016 at $90. The outsole has an aggressive herringbone traction pattern with deep grooves for stabilized moves on court. These Nike shoes can be taken outdoor due to its thick rubber. The midsole is a combination of Phylon and Zoom. This setup results in a great court feel and minimal impact protection. The upper has a half-bootie construction and is made of mesh with foam underlays. It is a comfortable setup with no break-in time needed. The stitches on the side panels are aesthetically appealing and provides durability to the upper.

Performance

Cushion. The Nike Zoom Ascention features a full-length Phylon and a Zoom unit. Phylon is a lightweight foam carrier that provides a comfortable ride. The Zoom unit is strategically placed at the forefoot to give wearers bounce and low-to-the-ground feel.

Traction. Traction is considered as the most important aspect of a basketball shoe. They say it brings credibility and fame to the shoe. The Nike Zoom Ascention has a full-length herringbone traction. It is favored by most basketball athletes because of its capability to grip indoor and outdoor floors well. The grooves of the pattern are designed to be thick and deep to support the multidirectional footwork of the wearer.

Fit

Length and Width. Several reviewers claim that the Nike Zoom Ascention runs narrow. They recommend that new buyers with normal feet go up half a size. Since sizes are difficult to assess, new buyers are still advised to fit the shoe in the nearest shoe store before making the purchase.

Lockdown. The Zoom Ascention utilizes a unique lacing system. Instead of eyelets, a single cord on both sides is used to anchor the laces. It helps speed up lacing. Because of this setup, it is also easier to adjust the tightness of the shoelaces. The heel area has enough padding and an internal heel cup to prevent extra side-to-side movements.

Material

The upper of the Nike Zoom Ascention is a combination of foam underlays and mesh. Mesh provides the lightness and continuous airflow that keep the foot dry. The foam underlays provide comfort and build to the shoe.

Style

The Nike Zoom Ascention is a low-top shoe with a half-bootie construction. The tinsel stitches on the side panels of the shoe locks the foot down with style. A small “ZOOM ASCENTION” callout is found on the tongue. The Swoosh logos are seen on the outsole and both sides of the shoe.

Special Colorways of the Nike Zoom Ascention

The Nike Zoom Ascention comes in numerous colorways. Some colorways are available stateside and some are available only in Asian regions. Listed are the common colorways of the Nike Zoom Ascention:

  • White colorway with black accents
  • Black colorway with white accents
  • Black pair with white and orange accents
  • Black pair with white and green accents and a gold Swoosh
  • Blue colorway with white accents
  • White and omega blue colorway

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