Two-time MVP Giannis Antekounkumpo debuted his signature Nike Zoom Freak sneaker in 2019, and we get a first look at the 3rd iteration of the Nike Zoom Freak, built for Giannis and his Euro Step.
“One of the hallmarks of his athleticism is transferring energy quickly from leg to leg to maneuver his body through gaps,” says Ross Klein, Sr. Creative Director for Men’s Performance Footwear at Nike. “Giannis works his foot like a gas and brake. He also works all different angles of his foot as he’s driving to the basket, so we wanted to contour the design to fit the way he transitions from step to step.”
The upper uses two types of black mesh on the upper, one what looks to be a ripstop-like material on the lower half with fuse overlays in high wear areas and the upper half using a more traditional mesh. A purple midfoot strap is utilized with “FREAK” embossed on the medial side on top of the stitching. White accenting is seen throughout, most notably on the Swoosh near the ankle collar and a lock on the left tongue on a key on the other with Giannis’ logo.
There’s a second cream orange colorway, using a digital pattern with a marbled emerald on the forefoot strap and TPU counter.
The midsole is more aggressive and sculpted than previous models, with two hexagonal Zoom Air units in the forefoot and a TPU counter on the forefoot for stability. Multidirectional and radial patterns are used on the black outsole the finish off the sneaker.
The Nike Zoom Freak 3 is set to drop globally on July 1st and the North American drop date is in August. Stay tuned to our Sneaker Release Dates page for any updates when we know more and get closer to the release date. Check out the photos below and let us know on Twitter and Instagram if these are a must-buy for you.
Nike Zoom Freak 3
Release Date:July 1, 2021 (Global) / August 2021 (North America)