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Jordan Zion 1

Released 5/2021, Mid Top, Zion Williamson
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8.0
EXPERT RATING
5 reviews
7.8
USER RATING
8 ratings
Zion's first signature shoe is a solid all-around performer.

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A very versatile shoe that will work for most players.

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Available at 7 shops | Official Retail Price: $119.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings
User Ratings
Traction
7.3
Cushion
8.4
Materials
7.5
Support
8.6
Fit
8.0
Outdoor
100%

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Weight:
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heavy
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide
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Jordan Zion 1 Review

Pros:
Large outrigger & very supportive
Well balanced cushioning
Cons:
Materials feel a little cheap in hand
Padding on the tongue is a little lacking

Performance of the Jordan Zion 1:

At Duke, Zion Williamson once destroyed a shoe in-game when his foot ripped through the upper material. The Zion 1 comes with one of the most extreme lateral outriggers ever in a basketball shoe to prevent another accident like this. The traction pattern is very sticky on clean courts, but is a little bit of a dust magnet and needs consistent wiping on dirty courts. The cushioning is well-balanced with a soft foam midsole, Air Strobel, and forefoot Zoom unit. It's not overly bouncy but provides impact protection and feels very smooth when transitioning from heel to toe. The materials are thin, soft, and get the job done but they definitely don't look or feel premium. Overall, the Zion 1 is a solid and affordable first signature sneaker that works for all player types.
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Expert Reviews of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Rating: 8.0 (ranks #156 of 196)
10 - Amazing
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9 - Great
1
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.5
June 14, 2021
The shoe very much feels like a budget model. There are certain aspects of the shoe that could have been done much better, but the mid-tier tech is what was put in the shoe instead.
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Every aspect of this shoe is solid. There is nothing amazing about this shoe, but there's nothing bad about it either. For $120 you get a solid first signature shoe that works for all types of players.
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8.0
May 18, 2021
If you want a comfortable shoe that provides a lot of bounce and protection, this is a great shoe to pick up. On the flip side, because the cushion is very bouncy, the shoe does feel a bit slow. Couple that with the traction not being the most consistent, this shoe may not be the best fit for everyone.
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7.8
The Jordan Zion 1 provides a smooth ride that leads you into the extra bottom-loaded Zoom unit in the forefoot for some extra nice pop. However, its shortcomings are a bit too much to overcome. The fit is not versatile enough to accommodate more types of foot shapes and I experienced quite a bit of slipping with the traction and in the heel area of the shoe.
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7.8
May 13, 2021
The Zion 1 is a solid first signature shoe and was fun to play in. I just wish that they had used more premium materials.
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User Reviews of the Jordan Zion 1:

User Rating: 7.8 (ranks #124 of 196)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
7.6
January 11, 2022
These shoes were great to play in for the first 2 wears but then when I broke them in I would get super fatigued and catch myself stumbling because of how mushy the cushion is.
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7.8
January 11, 2022
Best for 4-5s looking for a shoe with comfortable cushioning and a bouncy feeling under the forefoot. Limited responsiveness, average traction.
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7.2
December 13, 2021
The shoe ripped out after 2 months of play. The mesh on the front of the shoe is not durable.
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7.8
January 11, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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8.6
January 12, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Traction Rating: 7.3 (ranks #173 of 196)
User Traction Rating: 7.5 (ranks #122 of 196)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
3
5 - Poor
0
The herringbone traction pattern allowed me to change directions easily.
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6.0
May 18, 2021
It's not very nice indoors. On dusty court, you're going to need to wipe a lot because of the dust pickup. Even on clean courts, I slipped out a lot.
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7.0
I had a pair with an entirely translucent outsole and it picked up a lot of dust. It caused me to slip quite a bit whenever I tried to plant my foot hard on a lot of movements.
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8.0
May 13, 2021
On a clean court, the translucent rubber will stop on a dime. On dusty courts, you will need to wipe from time to time.
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Cushion of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.4 (ranks #111 of 196)
User Cushion Rating: 8.3 (ranks #84 of 196)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
7
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
1
8.0
June 14, 2021
This Air Strobel unit doesn't feel quite as nice as the Zoom unit in the KD 14 but feels nice regardless.
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The cushioning setup is solid considering the affordable retail price. The Air Strobel gives you a cloudlike feel when you slip on the shoe but the forefoot Zoom unit felt pretty dead and didn't provide a lot of bounce.
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9.0
May 18, 2021
The full-length phylon, Air Strobel, and Zoom unit in the forefoot all combine to make the shoe feel very bouncy. The shoe also provides plenty of impact protection, but it doesn't feel very responsive.
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9.0
The full-length Air Strobel board feels cloud-like which is incredible for the price that the Zion comes in at.
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8.0
May 13, 2021
The full-length Phylon midsole with an Air Strobel and a Zoom unit in the forefoot feels very smooth, gives you good impact protection but isn't crazy bouncy.
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Materials of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Materials Rating: 7.5 (ranks #173 of 196)
User Materials Rating: 7.3 (ranks #123 of 196)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
3
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
2
The materials make the shoe light, strong, and durable. The tongue is a little bit too thin for my liking.
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8.0
May 18, 2021
There is no break-in time because the shoe is made of very minimal materials. However, they aren't the best in terms of quality.
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8.0
The materials are almost identical to those that can be found on the Jordan 34. With the lower price point of the ZIon, the materials make a lot of sense.
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6.0
May 13, 2021
The materials are very, very basic with cheap-feeling Mesh and Fuse overlays for added durability. In terms of performance, they get the job done, however.
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Support of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Support Rating: 8.6 (ranks #83 of 196)
User Support Rating: 7.6 (ranks #125 of 196)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
9
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
1
9.0
June 14, 2021
The shoe has quite a wide base to provide extra lateral support and stability.
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The massive outrigger gives you a lot of stability on cuts and the lockdown keeps your feet in place when changing directions.
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8.0
May 18, 2021
I had no issues with support and lockdown. The bottom two lace loops provide a bit of extra support with lateral movements. My only concern is the shoe feels very low and not tight around the ankle.
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8.0
I felt insecure in both the heel and the forefoot area. However, the shoe is saved by the midfoot feeling very locked in and the larger-than-average outrigger.
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9.0
May 13, 2021
The internal heel counter is very stiff, rigid, and keeps your heel locked down. I had no side-to-side movement on the footbed and the wide base provides a lot of stability.
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Fit of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.0 (ranks #141 of 196)
User Fit Rating: 7.6 (ranks #119 of 196)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
3
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
This is not the most comfortable shoe ever, but I never experienced any pain either.
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9.0
May 18, 2021
If you like a bit of extra length in your shoe, you could go up half a size.
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7.0
The length of the Jordan Zion 1 is longer than expected. They fit quite long.
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8.0
May 13, 2021
Overall the fit is pretty good and the materials hug your feet nicely. There is some excess space in the toe box and there is some bubbling if you tie them tightly.
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Durability of the Jordan Zion 1:

User Durability Rating: 6.8 (ranks #126 of 196)
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0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
3

Outdoor of the Jordan Zion 1:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 100.0 (ranks #5 of 196)
User Outdoor Rating: 75.0 (ranks #35 of 196)
Good (100%)
6
Fair (50%)
1
Bad (0%)
1
The outsole seems to be pretty hard and durable and should work well outdoors.
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good
May 18, 2021
The grooves are thick and the rubber is hard. The durability seems good enough for playing outdoors.
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Width of the Jordan Zion 1:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
3
regular
9
slightly wide
0
very wide
0
slightly narrow
June 14, 2021
It's fairly narrow and snug in the forefoot area.
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slightly narrow
Slightly narrow at first.
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regularly wide
May 18, 2021
The materials break in quite a bit, so you should be fine going true to size.
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regularly wide
It has a normal midfoot in terms of width, but even if you have a slightly wide fit, you still might want to go down because of the extra length.
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Size of the Jordan Zion 1:

very small
0
slightly small
1
true to size
11
slightly long
1
very long
0
true to size
June 14, 2021
The Zion 1 has a snug fit even though I went true to size.
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true to size
The Zion 1 runs true to size for me.
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true to size
May 18, 2021
I went true to size and it felt pretty damn good.
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½ size large
I recommend going half a size down if you have a narrow foot caused by the length of the shoe.
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true to size
May 13, 2021
I went true to size as a slightly wide-footer and felt perfectly fine.
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