Giannis Antetokounmpo has already had 4 shoe iterations – the latest model is called Zoom Freak 4.

What about tall men who want to wear low shoes? Haven’t they learned anything from Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry facing lifelong ankle issues? Haven’t they seen what low shoes do to Anthony Davis? Didn’t Anthony Davis see what happened to him? Still, Giannis Antetokounmpo decided to go for another low top, this time called the Zoom Freak 4.

When the Zoom Freak 1 was released, fans were visibly thrilled to see Giannis finally get a signature line — and it looked very promising. Nike rode their wave of the inverted swoosh – giving away the Greek superstar as well. And it gelled perfectly with the design too. He had his first taste of success, also winning MVP in his signature line.

Fast forward 3 years, Giannis is on his fourth for many more. The 2 and 3 were good shoes, with the 2 giving him that all-important performance at championship level. The 3 looked like a mish-mash of the Kyrie line (huge strap on the shoe) and the KD 7 (similar silhouette).

The 4 also takes inspiration from previous Nike releases, with one fan pointing out that it looks like an inspiration from a Kobe 8.

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The Zoom Freak 4 haven’t been given an official release date – but the need to know them are still fresh

Sneakerheads all over the world know and love the Kobe 8. It had amazing colorways like the Barcelona colorway, Mambacurials, and Year of the Horse. The new Zoom Freak appears to have a lot of elements from the Kobe lineup, complete with an inverted swoosh.

As mentioned earlier, large men’s shoes without ankle support are of great concern. They need it the most, but they choose to play with ankleless running shoe designs? Is Nike pushing the narrative, or do the athletes want to play low?

The Zoom Freak 4 should be seen in different colors, the first is a coincidence. Nothing against the Greek Freak, but the first model over-delivered, so this one is a bit disappointing.

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