Zion Williamson’s collegiate career was filled with multiple power-based highlights, but his shoe game was mostly guard-centric. One of the sneakers Zion laced up early in his time at Duke was the Nike Kyrie 5.
The shoe adopts many of the design elements from past Kyrie models, like the traction riding up the sides of the midsole, with the deep grooves assisting on superior traction. The newer features show a gradual evolution from previous shoes, with the new Zoom Air cushioning and FlyTrap upper being standouts. This time around the Zoom unit is placed in the forefoot instead of the heel. The newly dubbed “Air Zoom Turbo” unit is large enough to wrap across the sides of the forefoot and is curved to provide responsiveness in all directions. All this combined to make one of the quickest players in the 2018-19 NCAA season, even faster.
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