It's been quite the week for New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson. First, the second installment of his signature sneaker with Jordan Brand dropped. Then, Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news of his max contract extension.
Fans were not surprised by Williamson earning max money. But they were delighted to see official images of the Jordan Zion 2. According to Jordan Brand, the newest model is lightweight, comfortable, and built to allow Williamson to be fully locked in while on the court.
As is always the case with Jordan shoes, the technology implemented is top-of-the-line. The shoe is segmented into three key areas: the heel for impact resistance, the middle for resilience and containment, and the toes for comfort and mobility.
"The Zion 2 introduces a new concept that decouples the strobel, shifting it from a full-length unit to a focus on the heel, allowing for 20 percent more Zoom Air on the forefoot (thus increasing responsiveness) and a smoother, more comfortable landing on the heel following an explosive dunk. With explosiveness comes a need for containment. The Zion 2 is built with a performance cup sole, which wraps high up the foot, and a forefoot strap that works in tandem with the lacing system for optimal support."
The cutting-edge technology is married with throwback aesthetics. The hoop shoe will pay tribute to Nike icons of the ’80s and ’90s. Additionally, the shoe introduces an evolved Zion logo.
In North America, the Jordan Zion 2 was released on June 22 in the Voodoo colorway and June 30 in the Hope Diamond colorway. The price point is $120 USD if you are lucky enough to purchase the kicks before they sell out.
The Zion 1 received positive reviews. However, Williamson didn't play a single game during the 2021-22 NBA season. Sadly, fans never got to see him wear his very first signature sneaker. Hopefully, with a new shoe and contract, the basketball world gets to see Williamson take flight again this season.
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