Who should buy the Nike Air Zoom GT Cut

This Nike shoe gives the most advantage to the following:

  • guards who love low-profile constructions
  • buyers with lenient budgets

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Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe

While the GT Cut also delivers impact protection, a variant from its line--the GT Jump--does a better job of at cushioning impact. Bigger players and those who just love cushion underfoot should consider getting the GT Jump instead.

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Those who are looking for budget models are not going to be happy with this shoe. They may want to consider the Nike Kyrie Flytrap 5 and the most well-reviewed cheap basketball shoes from Nike and even other brands.

The GT Cut has a low-to-the-ground construction

To get past opponents, hoopers need to move swiftly. For this, they need court feel, which the GT Cut provides in abundance without sacrificing comfort.

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However, the heel-to-toe drop isn't so good because of the plasticky cage on the heel.

This shoe's full traction pattern works so well on clean courts

The sole is fully covered with a unique pattern that provides maximum grip on the hardwood, ensuring control.

Nike Air Zoom G.T. Cut traction

Unlike the dust-resistant KD 14, however, the GT Cut's outsole is so sticky it picks up dust quite easily. Frequent wiping takes care of this.

The Nike Zoom GT Cut is equipped with a synergistic cushioning system

The cushioning setup is composed of a drop-in React, full-length Air Strobel, and heel Zoom unit. These work in synergy to provide the desired blend of court feel, impact protection, and bounce.

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This shoe has a nice and reliably supportive fit

The shoe is constructed so well; all its parts contribute to the great amount of support that it provides.

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It also fits as expected, and it's quite snug around the forefoot.

Nice materials compose the upper of this basketball shoe

The upper feels comfortable, conforms to the foot really well, and feels very minimal. There are also several holes in the tongue and forefoot, ensuring breathability.

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Unfortunately, this premium and comfortable feel comes with a price. The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut is easily an expensive option.

Ironically, the Nike Zoom GT Cut isn't as light as expected

At 13.23 oz (375 g), the GT Cut is heavier than expected, especially that it's a low-top.

Outdoor play? Bring it on!

The shoe, especially the outsole, is sturdy enough to withstand the harshness of outdoor courts.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 375g
Top: Low
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Air Zoom GT, Nike Air
Features: Outdoor
Colorways: Black / White / Blue
SKUs: CZ0175001 / CZ0175003 / CZ0175101 / CZ0175106 / CZ0175400

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.