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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