The Jordan Zion 2 is different than its predecessor. Some changes are upgrades and some are downgrades.
Colorway: Half Blue/Pink Prime-Deep Royal Blue
Release Date: July 2022
Zion Williamson hasn’t played for the New Orleans Pelicans since May 4, 2021, when he had a stat line of 23 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST, and 4 STL. That’s an excellent game for a second-year player. This is the potential of Zion if he stays healthy. His second shoe, the Jordan Zion 2, also has potential. It has elements like the traction and (partially) the cushion going for it, but there were adjustments made from the Jordan Zion 1 that don’t bode well for its potential on-court performance.
The traction is the best aspect and our favorite part of the shoe. It’s multi-directional and covers you on all movements. There are very few shoes that are going to bite as well as these, especially on lateral movements. There are levels to traction performance, and the Zion 2 is at the top-most level. Just note that about an hour of break-in time is needed for peak performance.
The grip is good outdoors, but it isn’t going to last long because the traction pattern is shallow. For as long as it lasts, though, you’re going to get an excellent experience.
The cushion comprises an injected Phylon midsole with a heel Air Strobel unit and a standard forefoot Zoom Air unit. The heel does its job of impact protection, though don’t expect anything as plush as the Jordan Zion 1. The forefoot, however, is lower to the ground than you’d expect. The Jordan Zion 2 may have been made for a big player like Zion, but it will cater to the average wing and guard.
In one word: cheap. The front half is a mesh that allows for flexibility, while the rest of the shoe comprises poor-quality synthetics. The heel portion is incredibly disappointing because, although it has some cool graphics, it’s just felt. The tongue is a nylon material similar to the shoe’s inner lining.
We recommend true to size for everybody. Length-wise it’s perfect, and the width is accommodating enough for wide-footers. Narrow-footers also don’t need to worry because the forefoot strap works well to contain the feet.
The heel area is well-sculpted, though the Achilles pillows didn’t feel like pillows. The area where the rubber comes up the side of the midsole around the lateral midfoot can create some pinching. Watch out if that’s a typical trouble spot for your foot.
This is the aspect of the shoe that feels like it was made for Zion. It all starts with the wide base and the outriggers. If you remove the insoles, you can see the shank plate through the Air strobel heel unit. The rubber that comes up from the midsole adds more stability. If you get the right size, the Zion 2’s support will not disappoint you.
The Jordan Zion 2 will leave many satisfied with its performance on-court. There’s not much to complain about. This is a great option if you enjoy a low-to-the-ground, supportive basketball shoe. If you don’t mind the cheap materials and are willing to break in that traction, you’ll be ready to go. Just don’t expect to be dunking like Zion Williamson as soon as you put these on.