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Released as one of Nike’s budget basketball shoes, the shoe continues the Evidence legacy. The Evidence 2 features a triangular traction pattern, a forefoot Zoom Air unit within its Phylon midsole, and an engineered mesh upper.
Cushion. Housed within the forefoot is a Zoom Air unit that bulges out slightly from the Nike Zoom Evidence 2's bottoms. The Air unit allows the wearer to stay on his or her toes. Due to the unit's responsiveness, the shoe is ideal for fast-paced plays.
Traction. The shoe's outsole features a multidirectional triangular tread pattern. The grooves are not very widely-spaced thus dirt may get caught. However, only light wipes are needed to refresh the shoe's soles. For players who are fans of that reassuring outsole squeak, this shoe has a lot of it.
Length and Width. Although the width fits true to size, the shoe runs long. It is advised to visit your local shoe store to fit the Zoom Evidence II personally. If the width of your foot permits, you can go half a size down.
Lockdown. The shoe’s tight fit is attributed to the supportive midfoot Flywire cables that provide containment during quick lateral cuts, the heavily-padded collar that adds security to the ankles and reduces the possibility of heel slippage, and the padded tongue that runs to the toes to ensure comfort.
The Nike Zoom Evidence II uses Engineered Mesh for its upper. The material is overlaid with a rubberized fuse on the forefoot and lacing area to ensure durability. It is lightweight and thin, allowing ventilation within the shoe.
Below the upper, the tongue extends up to the toe to add comfort and improve the fit, akin to the Tech Fit Cleaty technology by Adidas.
The midsole cushion is made of Phylon. Encased within it is a Zoom Air unit at the forefoot. Some colorways have solid rubber outsoles while others are paired with translucent rubber. Solid rubber outsoles are safe for the outdoors. The translucent rubber, however, is best used indoors because it is made of a pliable compound that burns easily on concrete surfaces.
As a low-top basketball shoe, the silhouette looks similar to some of Kobe Bryant’s shoes. The design plays with subtle geometric shapes that run from the shoe's heel to the midfoot. The forefoot, for its part, is adorned with dual-toned mesh. A large Nike swoosh is embossed onto the medial and lateral sides of the shoe.
The Nike Zoom Evidence II comes in more than five different colorways. The more popular ones are the Wolf Grey/White/Cool Grey, Dark Obsidian/Light Carbon/Gum Light Brown/ White, Black/Cool Grey/Metallic Gold, Black/White/Wolf Grey/Metallic Silver, and Black/University Red/White/Metallic Silver.