Verdict from 6 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • These Nike basketball shoes have top-notch traction, nearly all reviewers assert. According to them, the traction pattern provides 360-degree coverage and is hardly affected by dust.
  • Many users observe that the traction seems to be durable enough for outdoor play.
  • The foam midsole feels incredible, most testers declare. They claim that the foam has very good compression, a little bit of bounce, and feels quite plush.
  • According to most owners, the forefoot Zoom unit feels similar to the Nike LeBron 16’s. It is responsive and very stable.
  • The engineered mesh upper is very strong and supportive, almost all testers state. 
  • The materials don’t take long to break in, several players remark. It just feels incredible once broken-in.
  • The Nike Zoom Rize’s asymmetrical lacing provides exceptional lockdown, a significant number of testers report.
  • These high-tops have excellent ankle support, some owners note.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The traction picks up quite a bit of dust, many testers report. However, they say a quick wipe will do the trick.
  • The Nike Zoom Rize doesn’t have the best court feel, some reviewers gripe

Bottom line

The Zoom Rize is an excellent team basketball shoe from Nike. These high-tops have all the boxes checked and then some. The traction, cushioning, and materials all work exceptionally well. Everything else—support, lockdown, stability, and containment—works close to perfection. 

Overall, the Nike Zoom Rize gives the Nike AlphaDunk a run for its money. These high-top basketball shoes perform better on the hardwood and are also a lot cheaper.

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Good to know

Zoom past the defense and rise over your opponent with these high-top basketball shoes from Nike. The Zoom Rize lets you elevate your game with its extra-large Zoom unit. The shoe’s mid-to-high-top collar provides containment and support while an asymmetrical lacing system keeps you locked-in all game long.

Cushion. The Nike Zoom Rize boasts foam midsole with a large Zoom unit at the forefoot. The Zoom cushioning provides a bouncy sensation under the ball of the foot for amazing responsiveness.

Traction. These basketball sneakers from Nike feature a durable rubber outsole with a modified traction pattern. The traction pattern is designed to provide an enhanced grip on any surface.

Length and Width. According to testers, the Nike Zoom Rize fits perfectly. However, wide-footers are advised to try these basketball shoes in-store if possible. This is because a partial internal cleatie provides a snug fit.

Lockdown. The Zoom Rize features a mid-to-high-top cut with internal padding that provides comfort, support, and containment throughout the ankle. An asymmetrical lacing system keeps the foot secure and locked in place. At the back of the shoe, an external overlay provides enhanced heel support and stability.

These Nike basketball sneakers feature an engineered mesh upper that offers breathable comfort. The upper also features synthetic materials that provide lightweight support and added durability.

A takedown model of sorts, the Nike Zoom Rize features a similar silhouette to its big brother the Nike AlphaDunk. A large foot at the forefoot completes the artfully-crafted design.

The Nike Zoom Rize comes in a wide range of colors:

  • Black/Aura Green/White
  • Black/Wolf Grey/White
  • Court Purple/White/Black
  • Game Royal/Black/White
  • Gorge Green/White/Black
  • Midnight Navy/White/Black
  • Orange/White/Black
  • Team Red/Black/White
  • University Blue/White/Black
  • University Red/White/Black
  • White/Black
  • White/Black/White
  • White/Red Orbit/Aura Green


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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.