Shoe Review – Nike Zoom Kobe VII Basketball

I was recently at Foot Locker and found an extensive selection of basketball shoes. Not surprisingly, I discovered that Nike has the best basketball shoes available this season. I was underwhelmed by the other brands I evaluated at the store, including Adidas, Reebok, Converse and Under Armour.

I previously blogged about the Nike Zoom Kobe VI basketball shoe, which is one of my favorite basketball shoes. Version VII is equally good. If you have a narrow foot, then you know how difficult finding a basketball shoe that fits can be, since most only come in medium widths.

Even though sized medium, Kobe VII runs narrow (rectangular upper), which will benefit a lot of players out there.

In profile, you can see how shallow the upper is, especially in the midfoot and toebox areas.

New to Kobe VII is the Attack Fast insole, shown below, which has a thick, cushioned insole that aids shock absorption. Attached to the insole is an instep cuff that provides additional support and enhanced fit. If you have a history of ankle instability, the Kobe VII with the Attack Strong insole may be a better option. The Attack Strong insole has an ankle cuff for added ankle support.

The best part of this shoe — Kobe VII is torsionally stable, with a non-collapsible heel counter. This means that even though it’s technically a low-top style, the Kobe VII is going to be more supportive than many other mid-tops out there.

All in all, if you have a narrow foot, you will want to consider this shoe.

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3 responses to “Shoe Review – Nike Zoom Kobe VII Basketball

  1. My husband got a nasty heat rash from one of these elastic pieces across th instep – albeit on another brand of shoe. He has a wide foot, maybe the elastic was too tight.

  2. Hi Dr. Jenny! How do you rate the – Nike Zoom Kobe VII Basketball shoe for plantar fasciitis? thank you.

    • Unfortunately, there is not one perfect shoe that works for plantar fasciitis. Having said that, one of the reasons I like Nike Kolbe Zoom VII so much is that it’s torsionally stable, which can be beneficial in those cases of plantar fasciitis which are due to excessive pronation.

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