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8.1
Zion's first signature shoe is a solid all-around performer.
based on 6 expert reviews
based on 6 expert reviews

Best Suitable For:

A very versatile shoe that will work for most players.

Price Comparison:

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

Traction
7.4
Cushion
8.5
Materials
7.8
Support
8.7
Fit
8.0
Outdoor
100%

Facts & Figures:

Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
5/2021
Weight:
light
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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Reviews of the Jordan Zion 1:

The 8.1 average overall rating ranks #146 of 183 shoes overall
8.8
Shoeit
May 5, 2021
At $120 I'm blown away by this very promising first Zion Williamson signature sneaker.
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8.5
KickGenius
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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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
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
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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
RicheeKim
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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Traction of the Jordan Zion 1:

The 7.4 average traction rating ranks #162 of 183 shoes overall
8.0
Shoeit
May 5, 2021
The traction pattern is pretty good but the material is pretty sticky and might be a dust magnet.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
The herringbone traction pattern allowed me to change directions easily.
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6.0
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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
RicheeKim
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:

The 8.5 average cushion rating ranks #95 of 183 shoes overall
9.0
Shoeit
May 5, 2021
The cushioning setup is wonderful with a super-soft foam midsole and an Air Strobel that you can clearly feel. The Zoom unit in the forefoot provides a little bit of added cushioning while allowing you to stay close to the ground.
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8.0
KickGenius
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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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
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
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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
RicheeKim
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:

The 7.8 average materials rating ranks #146 of 183 shoes overall
9.0
Shoeit
May 5, 2021
The tongue is a little bit too thin but not as bad as in the Lebron 18. The upper Mesh-like materials are soft and breathable and the padding in the ankle is very soft and plush.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
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
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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
RicheeKim
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:

The 8.7 average support rating ranks #65 of 183 shoes overall
9.0
Shoeit
May 5, 2021
The crazy outrigger is awesome and will make it very hard to turn your ankle.
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9.0
KickGenius
June 14, 2021
The shoe has quite a wide base to provide extra lateral support and stability.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
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
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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
RicheeKim
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:

The 8.0 average fit rating ranks #132 of 183 shoes overall
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
This is not the most comfortable shoe ever, but I never experienced any pain either.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
The length of the Jordan Zion 1 is longer than expected. They fit quite long.
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8.0
RicheeKim
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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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 100.0% average outdoor rating ranks #2 of 183 shoes overall
good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
The outsole seems to be pretty hard and durable and should work well outdoors.
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good
The Sole Brothers
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:

slightly wide
Shoeit
May 5, 2021
The toe box feels a little bit roomy which might work well for wide-footers.
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slightly narrow
KickGenius
June 14, 2021
It's fairly narrow and snug in the forefoot area.
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slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
Slightly narrow at first.
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regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
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
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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:

true to size
KickGenius
June 14, 2021
The Zion 1 has a snug fit even though I went true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
May 10, 2021
The Zion 1 runs true to size for me.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
May 18, 2021
I went true to size and it felt pretty damn good.
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½ size large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
July 1, 2021
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
RicheeKim
May 13, 2021
I went true to size as a slightly wide-footer and felt perfectly fine.
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