Today, we’ll be taking a look at 2019’s lesser-known team model by Nikey, I present you my Nike Zoom Rize review!
Just to give you a little hint, the Zoom Rize is shaping up to be among the best basketball shoes of 2019. Pair that with a competitive price and extreme versatility, and you got yourself a serious candidate for your shoe rotation.
Let’s find out exactly why that’s the case!
#7 in Best Traction Shoes
Model: Nike Zoom Rize (Team)
Weight: 15 oz / 425 g. (size 10)
Retail Price: $140
Cushion: Forefoot Zoom Air & foam midsole
Best Offer On: Amazon
I. COMFORT & FIT
It might look like nothing special from the outside of the shoe – basic materials, a classic mid-top design from a team model. Well, I kid you not – the shoe is definitely a sleeper, especially once you break it and get used to it.
I’m a very prominent wide footer so I was a bit hesitant to go true to size but I’m glad I did. The shoe didn’t quite feel right the first 1-2 weeks (regular/narrow footers will likely experience a shorter break-in period) but after the shoe molded to my foot, I have zero complaints.
The fit of the shoe is tight and snug, even after breaking them in, so if you like tighter, more secure fits that leave little to no extra space for your foot – the Zoom Rize is an example of that type of fit done right. If you’re more of a fan of slightly roomier fits, I’d then suggest going up half a size.
Chances are though, you won’t have to – just make sure to give them enough time to break them in and you’ll start feeling the benefits of a secure, contained, and comfortable experience the Zoom Rize brings you.
I’m usually not a huge fan of these types of high, in your face ankle collars but this one, in particular, didn’t seem to bother me in any way. The internal area around the insides of the ankle is heavily padded which makes the collar more of a joy to have other than a distraction.
Overall, I have no complaints man – the shoe is comfortable, it’s very secure and feels like a light tank (in a good way) and the fit is just right. No gimmicks, nothing revolutionary or top 3 comfortable but just enough to achieve a great experience on the court.
A modern take of the classic herringbone traction pattern is used here, or should I say modified herringbone. As you can see from the picture, all colors come in a half solid, half translucent rubber, and it works pretty well.
I find the traction to be sustainable for my drives, cuts, stops, and accelerations. It’s really tough to mess herringbone up and adding a slightly refreshed take on it doesn’t run it, and the Zoom Rize is a clear example of this.
I didn’t find the outsole to be bothered by dust or other debris by any means and on any court I’ve played on, which is quite interesting. I could’ve sworn I saw lots of dust creeping up inside the traction pattern but it seems that the rubber used is very tacky, the grooves are properly spaced out and they’re high enough to erase the issue of dust buildup.
That is traction engineering at its best folks – the bite on the floor is nice and strong and all times, you barely have to wipe them (if ever on some courts) AND they seem durable for outdoor play. I gotta say I’m super happy to see a Nikey model with reliable traction and quality rubber that’s sustainable for outdoors.
It’s a rare sight to see brands put some focus on hoopers who want to take their game outside these days, so props to the Zoom Rize for breaking the pattern!
You might not expect anything awesome from a conventional team model in terms of cushion tech but the Zoom Rize is no conventional shoe. Along with a very soft and springy midsole being used, a large forefoot Zoom Air unit is also there to accommodate movements coming from the forefoot, such as stops, drags, and accelerations.
The setup overall works SUPER great – in fact, I’m not even making this up, I’ve never felt anything quite like this before. I’ve felt amazing cushion setups that are very bouncy, I’ve played in hella firm setups too, and there are a lot of setups that are properly balanced for just about anyone as well.
But the Zoom Rize seems to have carved out their own balance in things. It’s one of the bounciest and most fun rides I’ve ever had but it’s also one of the most responsive and providing SUPER fast spring back that truly makes it seem like you’re on boost mode while running and jumping.
That’s a rare treat these days – whether you like this kind of combination or not, I think everyone should try it just to see how much fun this feels. Court feel is sacrificed somewhat as the forefoot Zoom unit is large and the midsole can’t simply be extremely low-profile while being so mushy and soft as it is on the shoe.
I’ve personally had tons of fun playing in these, I feel like they supplement my playstyle extremely well and I also feel like they’d do the same for a lot of different players.
Since the setup is bouncy and springy, you’ll get a ton of impact protection. But you’re not slowed down or sunken in to deep into the shoe to make you less mobile. The foam springs back so quickly and strongly, you’re still on top of your game in terms of quickness.
It’s quite tough to put it in words but I’d highly suggest giving it a shot – I feel like lots of players would benefit from it.
For support, we got most of the essential features in place – an internal heel counter, a very contained and supportive fit, a structured upper, large outriggers on both sides, and also a cable system that’s tied in with your regular laces, pulling your ankle down for extra lockdown.
As I’ve said earlier – the shoe feels like a mini-tank. Enough for most people to feel nice and secure, who play the game fast and with athleticism.
Most of the shoe’s support and overall containment is coming from the fit itself – if you get the fit right for you, break them in and properly adjust the laces & cables, I think you’ll be in for a very supportive ride.
Nothing more to really be said, well done!
V. BUILD & MATERIALS
This is the category that I probably liked the least but don’t get me wrong – I didn’t hate the materials. I loved the shoe in terms of all areas, I just loved the upper the least.
Sure, it’s a team model and not a signature, so don’t expect anything ultra-premium. The shoe’s upper is mostly engineered mesh along with some Fuse and synthetic overlays in the heel area.
The shoe did take a while to break in due to the materials being quite stiff by nature (and because of my wide a** feet) and breathability isn’t the best. Those would be the only two negatives I could find. The rest – solid. Nothing extraordinary solid but solid nonetheless.
Engineered mesh is already pretty durable but thanks to some Fuse and synthetics in key areas, even more structure is added. I think these will last for a long time and even if plan on playing outdoors a lot – the combo of the materials + the durable rubber on the outsole should do the trick.
Overall, it’s not an extremely premium upper that’s buttery soft, thin, and breathable but it’s comfortable enough to make you forget you’re wearing a shoe during a game. And they’re built well from what’s being used, so I have no major complaints.
The Nikey Zoom Rize is one of the best non-mainstream basketball models released in 2019 and in the last few years in general. It’s a nice nifty little package that does a lot for what it has. I think this shoe really shows it comes down to masterful engineering and design from Nike’s part.
The shoe doesn’t have a lot of mainstream tech involved and for a pretty basic upper, AND for a limited retail price to work with, these are as good as it can get.
Most players will enjoy these, especially high-flyers as they will take advantage of the awesome cushion setup they bring.
Why Amazon? Click to find out!
I’ve been ordering a solid 70%-80% of my hoop shoes from Amazon and can confidently say it’s almost always the most trustworthy and convenient option to buy your shoes.
Yes, it’s great to find the shoe you’re looking for on an original retailer such as Nike or Adidas but the reality is a bit different – a lot of times, especially for shoes older than 1-2 years, it’s a very small chance you’ll find the shoe or better yet find it in your size & color.
You’ll mostly find the latest releases directly from the brand’s store but the period is usually pretty short until they’re out of stock.
This is where Amazon comes in.
Amazon is not strictly one retailer giving you the products, it’s a whole chain of thousands of different sellers, all supplying different products, including basketball shoes. You will mostly find more color and size options on Amazon for your desired shoe than on an original retailer or even a general sporting goods store.
Sure, there will be exceptions where Amazon won’t have a particular shoe but that’s on the rare side.
And the best part is the pricing – you can find older shoes and at times new shoes priced under retail, sometimes at crazy low prices, which is something you’ll never see on Nike.com, adidas.com, and other retailers (except during discounts/sales of course).
To sum things up and give you a generalized idea of why Amazon beats other stores more often than not, I’ve compiled a shortlist of the most notable advantages the massive store chain has over its competitors.
- Usually, higher stock, size & color/edition availability compared to other stores
- Blazing fast shipping times (sometimes delivered the SAME DAY if you’re close to the seller’s stock)
- A good chance to find shoes priced under retail
- Extremely convenient return/refund policies
Still not sure? I’ve made a comprehensive guide and compiled some general tips on where to buy basketball shoes online. Check it HERE!
Comfort Rating: 8
Performance Rating: 9.5
Value for the Price Rating: 8.5
Suitable for Outdoors: Yes
Recommended for: All positions | above the rim players
Overall Rating: 9
Alright, that’s it for the Nike Zoom Rize review! I’d like to hear your opinion on these! Do you like ’em? Maybe you got any questions?