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94 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews
For me, I think that these things are awesome. They again, still feature the forefoot zoom air. I just don't know what kind. So you still have that low-profile feel with a little bit of cushion underneath your feet, which is great for speedy little guards just like it was back then.
Every once in a while Nike gives us a retro that is so close to the original it is scary, and the Zoom GP is that shoe. From the materials to the cushioning to just the overall shape and feel, the Zoom GP is a foot rocket made for quick, driving guards and forwards. If you need a shoe that covers every aspect of performance, look no further. Even today, placed against shoes that are considered the “pinnacle of modern performance”, the Zoom GP more than holds it’s own. It’s really kind of crazy – this may be my favorite performer of 2019 and it is a 20 years old shoe. Last year most “Best Of” lists had the Kobe 1 Protro as a top 3-5 performer, and it was 12 years old. Does this mean Nike isn’t making better shoes now, years later? Or that Nike was so far ahead of their time that the rest of the basketball world is just catching up? Maybe it is that all of us reviewers are just nostalgic and love the old-school construction and materials of the late-90’s and early 2000’s. I will say this – in 1999 the Zoom GP was my favorite shoe to play in and 20 years later nothing has changed.
Back in the’90s, Gary Payton played the best defense, talked the most trash, and wore the craziest basketball shoes on the hardwood. One of his most eye-catching sneakers from that era was the Air Zoom GP.
Originally released in 1999, the Air Zoom GP was packed with the most advanced Nike technologies such as an enclosed plastic “monkey paw” and Zoom Air at the heel and forefoot. However, the most appealing feature of these Nike basketball shoes is the asymmetrical shroud with a ratchet lockdown system.
In 2019, the Nike Zoom GP makes a glorious return with elements that will take you back to the ‘90s. These retro basketball shoes also feature a few modern touches that create a lighter and more responsive ride.
Cushion. These Nike basketball shoes feature soft foam midsole with Air-sole units that provide soft cushioning. Heel and forefoot Zoom Air units offer a low-profile and responsive ride.
Traction. The Nike Zoom GP has a durable rubber outsole with a herringbone traction pattern that wraps up the side for superior grip on both indoor and outdoor courts.
Length and Width. The Zoom GP reportedly runs true to size. Buyers are advised to order their actual size when copping a pair.
Lockdown. These retro low-tops from Nike boast a unique ratchet closure system for enhanced lockdown. On the medial ankle portion, a “monkey paw” offers increased fit and support.
The Nike Zoom GP features a leather and synthetic upper combined with textile for increased comfort, support, and durability.
Crafted by Eric Avar, the Nike Zoom GP was inspired by track spikes, ski cleats, and cycling shoes.
The Nike Zoom GP Retro is available in Seattle Supersonics-inspired colorways:
- Mystic Green/Team Crimson/White/Amarillo
- White/Black/Cinder Orange/Lucid