Verdict from 3 experts and 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Impressive: Almost all reviewers have high praises for these Nike basketball shoes.
  • Stylish: Many wearers believe that Nike Zoom Heritage is a fashionable pair.
  • Comfortable: Nearly all wearers report that the Zoom heritage is comfortable to wear.
  • Flexible: There are a number of reviewers who say that this Nike model is great for other activities such as hiking. 
  • Durable: At least two expert reviewers believe that these basketball shoes are durable enough for the harsh conditions of normal outdoor hooping.
  • Grippy: Traction is nice, according to a handful of experts.
  • Responsive: An expert believes that this shoe’s insole and outsole system provide great feedback, comparable to the CP3 11.

1 reason not to buy

  • Requires break-in: At least two reviewers say that the upper materials are a bit restrictive and require some time to break in.

Bottom line

For $130, the Nike Zoom Heritage comes in premium materials that get the job done. In fact, this shoe is said to be durable enough for outdoor utility. With Zoom in its midsole, we can expect that it provides decent cushioning. The deep grooves on the outsole also provide the necessary grip on the court.

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Nike Zoom Heritage: Salute to Native America!

Nike’s Zoom Heritage pays homage to the native American and aboriginal communities in the United States. Designed by renowned Tinker Hatfield, this Nike shoe offers the following:

Lightweight cushioning. These basketball shoes are equipped with Zoom Air, which is a highly effective cushioning system that does not add so much weight. 

Durable support. Durability and an effective lockdown is ensured by the upper, which is a part leather and a part textile.

Hatfield’s Favorite Project

The various colorways of the Nike Zoom Heritage feature intricate beadwork patterns that pay tribute to Native Americans and their version of basketball called the rez ball. Due to its social significance, world-renowned Nike designer Tinker Hatfield says that this shoe has become one of his favorite projects in the company.

Nike Zoom Heritage and the N7 Connection

Since 2009, the Swoosh through the Nike N7 initiative has supported causes that relate to native Americans and aboriginal communities. The Nike Zoom Heritage is just one of the long list of basketball shoes and other products that Nike N7 has produced.


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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.