Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Many wearers report that the shoes are very comfortable.
  • Almost all buyers declare that the Nike Zoom Assersion is great to wear on- and off-court.
  • A few say that these Nike shoes look nice and have a great fit.
  • These Nike basketball shoes deliver high quality at a low price point according to most purchasers.
  • Several users claim that the traction is great. One user asserts that it is similar to that of the shoes in Kobe's signature line.
  • Some players appreciate the cushioning setup. They can feel the Zoom unit in the forefoot.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The traction is not as good as other basketball shoes according to most testers.
  • A handful of users complain that these Nike basketball sneakers are hard to put on and are too tight.
  • Nearly all testers declare that the shoes run a little long.
  • One buyer claims that the Nike Zoom Assersion gets dirty fast.
  • The materials feel cheap, most reviewers claim.

Bottom line

The Nike Zoom Assersion looks like a stripped down version of the Kyrie 3. It isn’t the worst on-court performer, but there are definitely better options out there even at the same price point. If you add a few more dollars, you’ll be able to purchase signature models like the Adidas Dame 5 and Nike PG 3 that perform much better. All things considered, the Zoom Assersion is still a decent budget model.

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Good to know

Assert your dominance on the court and show your opponents that you are one of the best with the Nike Zoom Assersion.

Focused on lightweight lockdown, the Zoom Assersion features lightweight and breathable materials with comfortable cushioning so you feel great and can play at your best.

Cushion. The Nike Zoom Assersion features a lightweight Injected Phylon midsole and a forefoot Zoom Air unit that delivers plush underfoot cushioning.

The Injected Phylon foam adds a layer of flexible cushioning that offers a lightweight feel while the low-profile Zoom Air unit delivers responsive cushioning.

The Zoom Assersion’s cushioning setup provides supportive comfort and keeps your every step light and nimble.

Traction. Built for quick directional changes, the Nike Zoom Assersion features a banked midsole that is designed to provide support and stability when hitting hard angles on the court.

The durable rubber outsole has a micro-traction pattern that wraps around the sides of the midsole to increase traction when making hard cuts.

The shoe’s traction is designed to help engage every part of your foot, enabling you to step confidently in any direction.

Length and Width. The Nike Zoom Assersion is advertised as true to size. However, the shoes reportedly run a little long. Normal- and narrow-footers are advised to go down half a size. Wide-footers can stay true to size.

Lockdown. An engineered mesh forefoot band works with the Flywire cables to adapt to your multidirectional movements while maintaining lockdown.

A plush foam padding provides stability and support during lateral movements. It also offers a comfortable fit around the ankle collar.

The Nike Zoom Assersion’s upper is made of lightweight textile and some synthetic materials that offer breathable comfort during intense play. Fuse overlays add durability on high-wear areas.

Nike Basketball is driven by their signature lines, but their footwear catalog is much larger than what’s usually reported. Sporting a low-top silhouette, the Nike Zoom Assersion takes its design cues from signature models such as the Kyrie 3 and Nike PG1.  

With the Nike Zoom Assersion, you can definitely ball on a budget and still look dope while doing it.

The Nike Zoom Assersion comes in the following colors:

  • Black/Anthracite
  • Black/Light Brown Gum
  • Black/Total Crimson/White
  • Black/White-Gym Red
  • Black/White/Wolf Grey/Light Aqua
  • Game Royal/Dark Grey-Black
  • White/Black/Cool Grey/Blk
  • White/Chrome/Glacier Blue/Pure Platinum


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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.