It’s been four full seasons since Zion Williamson has graced an NBA court, but sadly, we’ve yet to see his true potential revealed. The former Duke standout and number 1 overall pick, viewed as a generational talent and physique, has battled more personal injuries than playoff opponents, but he’s taking the slow and steady approach to ensure a long and lasting career.
Now three signature shoes in with Jordan Brand, Zion must now be viewed as a vet. His third model, the Jordan Zion 3, focuses on three tenets: containment, court feel and impact protection. The Zion 3 is comparatively slimmer to its predecessors, featuring a lower height and a TPU upper that features a material and color splatter that was created using 3D imaging of Zion’s foot last launching through mud. This adds a personal twist to the model; Zion “made it out of the mud” from his roots in South Carolina, ascending to become one of the most exciting young talents in the NBA.
The drop-in sole, Zoom Air cushioning, and low-cut silhouette makes it easy to draw comparisons to the Kobe 11, but the similarities really end there. The Zion 3 utilizes Formula 23 foam cushioning, while that pattern on the upper is also arranged to help with containment of the foot.
The first Jordan Zion 3. the black/pink “Sanctuary” is set to release this September. The “Mud, Sweat, and Tears” is confirmed for a release in the following October. The remaining colorways below will be announced at a later date.