The official Twitter account of Nike’s Jordan Brand posted a teaser video on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, showcasing the previously announced Jordan Brand Zion 1 x Naruto Collection. The teaser features a wide range of Naruto Shippuden-themed Jordan Zion 1 sneakers.
The sneakers are inspired by various forms of the popular characters depicted in Naruto Shippuden.
The list is led by an orange and yellow interpretation of Naruto in his Six Paths Sage Mode.
Followed by, the next version, modelled on Madara Uchiha‘s Six Paths, and it notably features his Rinne Sharingan dōjutsu at the tongues.
The third one, which is based on Naruto‘s Nine-Tailed Demon Fox Four Tails Form, completes the collection.
Priced at $130 USD, the Naruto x Jordan Zion 1 sneakers are expected to release in the coming weeks.
Writer for “ForTheWin” of USA Today and Founder of “The Kicks You Wear”, Michael D. Sykes commented, “To me, it’s an interesting window into the interests of Zion Williamson and other younger NBA players. We’ve seen anime references in custom sneakers and even shoutouts at times during games from players like De’Aaron Fox, but rarely do we get a design directly paying homage to a series. It’s pretty cool to see — especially with it being Naruto. The Six Paths choice here is a solid look.”
In addition, on Tuesday, the NBA player also published a statement on Twitter with an image of him after getting a hand-drawn portrait from Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto!
“Honored to share a one-of-a-kind drawing by Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto. My interest in anime began at a young age and still inspires me today. Naruto’s motto was to always believe in yourself and everything will work out. #BelieveIt,” the Twitter post wrote.