Verdict from 3 experts and 8 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Like the Air Jordan 11, these retro basketball shoes from Nike are still great to ball in, several players exclaim. They claim that the shoes feature all the tech used on the original Zoom GP.
  • The Nike Zoom GP fits true to size, a few wearers observe.
  • The Zoom GP Retro is hands down the best retro basketball shoe Nike has released in 2019, a huge number of owners assert. They are claiming that the quality is just A1 and the shoe is practically identical to the original.
  • According to one tester, the Zoom GP’s cushioning feels great on-foot. He says that the cushioning setup provides a low-profile feel with the right amount of cushion in the heel and forefoot.
  • The herringbone traction is simply amazing, a reviewer describes. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • A commenter gripes that these basketball shoes from Nike are hard to put on.
  • A tester warns that the collar digs into the ankle when the ratchet strap is cinched tightly.

Bottom line

Buyers are quite satisfied with the quality and performance of the Nike Zoom GP Retro. It seems that Nike did everything right. From the premium materials, tech specs, and feel, these retro basketball shoes are as close to the original as you can get.

Overall, the Nike Zoom GP Retro is one basketball sneaker that old school sneakerheads will definitely enjoy. It looks and plays the part on and off the hardwood.

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Good to know

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


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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.