Just in time for the playoffs, the Swoosh unveiled the Nike Zoom Freak 3 before Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Like on his past models, the latest Greek Freak design still takes into account Giannis’ rim-running game. This time around two large volume Zoom units are lined horizontally directly under the balls of your foot. This provides the right bounce in the right space for anybody who slashes to the rim often.
The shoe is also low to the ground, while still having a support piece in the tooling for support. This allows for more control when attacking the hoop.
Further support is utilized in the uniquely shaped heel cup that isn’t built into the midsole, which helps to minimize ankle rollovers.
The engineered mesh material upper further adds breathability and comfort. This soft material is balanced by a new strap akin to the one seen on the KD 14, adding lockdown to the midfoot area.
Finally, the traction features a familiar wave pattern last seen on the Nike PG 5. This pattern is particularly grippy when it was implemented on the classic Nike Kobe 9 outsole. This iteration a computer designed to match high wear areas to match Giannis’ style.
The black and purple “Project 34” colorway and the orange “Freak” colorway of the NikeZoom Freak 3 drops globally on July 1 and in North America sometime in August.
In typical Giannis style, he stuck with his tried and true Zoom Freak 2 this game. Meanwhile his teammate P.J. Tucker debuted the orange colorway on-court, living up to his Sneaker King nickname.