Pelicans: Zion Williamson’s new “Bayou Boys” belong in a swamp

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images) /

Zion Williamson has already established himself as a superstar for the New Orleans Pelicans.

He is one of the few players who goes by one name and he is already being promoted as one of the next faces of the NBA when the current group of superstars retires.

He was also one of the youngest players to ever get a major shoe release, the Jordan Zion 1’s, which are made by Nike.

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I pledged to buy a pair, which I did, and I have to say, I love them. Without this sounding like a Nike commercial, they are super comfortable and seem made for maximum shock absorption for people like me who have fat feet.

I got the purple/blue colorway and absolutely love them. But this new colorway, I’m not so sure.

Pelicans: Zion Williamson’s “Bayou Boys” have a swampy theme that misses

The most recent release are called the “Bayou Boys,” an obvious nod to the swamps of Louisiana with a green colorway and scales on the backside.

While I’m glad that Zion Williamson is making shoes that have some connection to New Orleans, this one doesn’t do it for me.

The green is the color of carpeting from the 1970’s  and the scales look more like a cheap handbag than a pair of shoes I want to wear. You can get a better look at them on Hypebeast, but I think this one is a big miss.

I do like some of the details that are similar to the other colorways, especially the bottoms, which are probably the best part of this particular version.

I think the Zion 1’s are a great all-around shoe that is well designed but I’ll be passing on this colorway even though I like that Nike is trying to keep Zion Williamson connected to New Orleans.

What do you think of the “Bayou Boys?”

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