The 10 Best Nike Zoom Air Basketball Shoes

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Nike Zoom Flight 96

Sneaker Report has previously covered the 10 Best Nike Air Max Basketball Shoes, but Air Max isn't the only popular Nike cushioning for the hardwood.

Designed as an evolved version of Nike Air, Zoom Air was first introduced in 1995 in the form of the Nike Air Go LWP. Although it didn't bare the “Zoom Air” namesake, it featured what was originally known as Tensile Air cushioning. Later renamed Zoom, the cushioning was created specifically for the game of basketball and featured an extremely responsive and spring-like on-court feel. Built with strong tensiles of fabric which bound the units together, Zoom Air offers a more focused and responsive feel than Max Air. Its low-profile structure has provided a comfortable and close-to-the-court feel for quick, explosive players for nearly two decades. Whether you're looking to try out Zoom Air for the first time, or want to upgrade to a different style, you'll want to check out The 10 Best Nike Zoom Air Basketball Shoes.

Riley Jones is a journalism student from Charlottesville, VA. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.


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  • Joshua James Morales

    lebron 10 by far the best basketball shoe I have ever played in!

  • Ben Guarnery

    God y’all probably never seen dis cool shoe dat i hoop in -Nike Zoom HyperDisruptor

  • shaft @ NT

    As always, I have to throw my 2 cents in with regards to the original Nike Zoom BB1…best shoe of all time IMO.

    • Riley Jones

      Hey Shaft, thanks for the comment! The Zoom BB1 was considered for this list, and would certainly be a close runner-up.

    • Ryan Cole

      I’ve been playing in the Zoom BB for 7 years. Still can’t find anything suitable enough to replace them at an affordable price.

  • adambashari

    some of my favs are: 2k3 with full length zoom, jordan 18 with full zoom, double stacked in the heel, and the flightposite 1, i have used the fp 1 sole in countless others

  • Benjamin Woo

    where are the air pippen 2s?

  • esion lin