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Jordan Brand unveils Zion Williamson's first signature shoe

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    August 2, 2021 1:47 AM EDT

    Jordan Brand unveils Zion Williamson's first signature shoe

    Jordan Brand will release Zion Williamson's first signature shoe, the Zion 1, on April 23, Nike announced on Tuesday.Get more news about air jordan shoes womens,you can vist!

    Jordan Brand designers looked to create "a silhouette that both enabled his immense physical tools on the court while also illustrating personal traits that make him look like a one-of-a-kind superstar," Nike said in a news release. The result: A "Z" pattern along the side of the shoe that emphasizes his first name.

    "We knew that one of Zion’s main inspirations for the look of the shoe was superhero armor," Vianney de Montgolfier, Jordan Sport senior footwear designer, said in a news release. "But when we thought about an icon or symbol that could clearly draw out the shoe’s benefits, the 'Z' made perfect sense to us. It’s the letter for speed, it has the base for power, and it’s maybe the most distinguishable letter in the alphabet. There’s nothing else like it."

    The shoe features a flexible tongue with targeted padding and stitching patterns designed to "ease lace pressure and to provide a snug fit," Nike said. A black-and-white "Gen Zion" colorway will be released on April 23 (it will be released in limited quantities on Tuesday in New Orleans).

    Three other versions — the "ZNA," "Noah" and "Marion" — will release May 5, 19 and 26, respectively. The "Noah" version, named after Williamson's younger brother, features drawings and doodles inspired by his visits to Nike's world headquarters. The "Marion" colorway represents Williamson's home in South Carolina.
    If we're thinking about the Zion 1 in the context of overall first signatures, then it doesn't hold up well at all. The Nike Air Zoom Generation LeBron 1, the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 and the Kyrie 1 were all much more impactful designs. It would just be an unfair comparison to iconic releases such as Allen Iverson's first Reebok shoe and Penny Hardaway's debut. Same way, obviously, for MJ's debut.

    But if we're talking about shoes under the Jordan Brand umbrella, then Zion's debut is a better look than Chris Paul's Jordan CP3.1 but not quite on the standard of the Jordan Melo 1.5. None of these releases are particularly noteworthy, suffering from the same clunky designs that have defined a good majority of the Jordan Brand line.